20 June 2012

Why Multitasking is Bad for You

Last April I wrote about the terrible effect multitasking has on people. That very post marked the beginning of a single-tasking life for me after I admitted I had been a serial multitasker for years. Well, in all honesty, I still catch myself trying to multi-task, but that happens quite rarely.

Today I want to share with you an infographic by onlineuniversities.com that will make you re-consider your way of work if you still haven't turned your back to multitasking. I know how hard it is for women to grasp the bad effect multi-tasking has on our bodies and minds mostly because we are good at it but did you know what strain it puts on your brain?

For example, when you are faced with two tasks, they are divided between the two halves of your brain. Then it starts switching between both of them. But when a third task comes in play, the brain simply cannot handle it and your performance level drops down.

With the advance of technology we get both tempted and challenged to stay on top of all information sources which puts additional strain on our brains. Have you noticed how often you switch the tabs of your browser to check your email or Facebook? This clearly impairs your concentration. 

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The infographic shows a disturbing figure - 95% of teenagers are online through different types of devices. No wonder so many of them get diagnosed with ADHD nowadays. It is obvious that neither the educational system nor the parents are ready to prepare the young generation for the avalanche of information.  

What do you do to stay sane in the age of information and how do you protect your children?