Multitasking means fueling existing problems

Multitasking means fueling existing problems

Stop multitasking! Success at work and memory control may be at risk.

Our attention has a limited capacity, so, prefering more than one task at a time could be dangerous.

Recent studies proved that being bombarded with several streams of information makes worker produce less than those who choose only one task at a time.

Multitasking behaviors are on the rise globally

The brain specializes in only one thing at a time, so two or more will show a less efficient result.

IQ: At risk while multitasking

A survey from the University of London showed IQ scores tend to decline while practicing more than one task.

Across the workplace, it is very common to see somebody texting while attending a meeting, but the truth is, you are neither texting correctly or putting attention.

Multitasking also puts at risk your self and social awareness while defying emotional intelligence and understanding skills.

Sounds like putting your brain through a lot, huh?

Not for everyone

Although some might say multitasking is a skill, it actually results in a decrease of work productivity.

A University of Utah study, were people were evaluated in dual-tasks, and the most part did not do as well.

Over 97% of the population interviews could not perform them without incurring substantial costs in performance.

However, the same studies found that a great deal of people believe that the laws of attention do not apply to them.

How we interact with our mobile devices have transformed our attention span and ability to concentrate.

Dr. Kep-Kee Loh, neuroscientist in Lyon, France, has said this phenomenon extends to academic settings and has implications for education.

The multi-functional Internet technologies that invade our lifestyle create a higher distractibility and deprive us from executive control and capability to put attention.

A solution for today

In his final conclusions, Dr. Kep-Kee states that a short-term mindfulness training course of two weeks can reduce mind wandering tendencies and better multitasking risks.

A small vacation for your brain can also be a smart way to help your mind focus and achieve.

With information from Stanford University and the Chicago Tribune.

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Pablo Hernandez
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