MULTITASKING: WHEN PRACTICE MAKES WORSE

Multitasking: When practice makes worse

The simple rule is that when you practice, you actually get better. But when it comes to multitasking (or technically, task-switching) we find the exception to the rule.

The accepted wisdom is that as we have become accustomed to the information age and the influx, overload and immediacy of this information, we have developed skills to cope effectively. We are becoming better at managing a number of separate tasks all at once, with more efficiency, controlling our attention between multiple activities.

This is wrong.

New research shows that people who are heavy multitaskers don
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