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Do you multitask?

There have been several studies that show that multi tasking can make one ‘stupid’.

Here’s another one.

It suggests that multi taskers are easily distracted because they retain information in their short term memory for longer.

They also get easily distracted.

While the problems are well known I am not sure that suggested solutions like ‘check email every 2 hours’ are realistic. The main reason that people have blackberries is to be on top of email rather than deal with it like they were in the desktop PC age.

As people do more the volume of stuff they need to be on top of grows exponentially. There was a time that it was all work. Now with social media related activity the electronic work-life balance seems to be getting restored. This should be good. The same sociologists say that taking a break from work improves problem solving ability.

So if one is facebooking while doing email does that count?

Also who are these people who don’t multi task? Are they still in the workplace?

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  1. Glenise
    August 26, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Make me feel stupid now!!

  2. Raghuram C S
    August 26, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Nice article. Would have loved to write more, but have to rush and respond to a client’s Email!!!

  3. Razia Ali
    August 27, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Hmmm, time to retrospect!

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