MULTITASKING MYTH: BUSTED AGAIN

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Researches from the University of Utah have reached one conclusion about multitaskers:  You aren’t as good at it as you think you are.

David Sanbonmatsu, a psychology professor at the University of Utah, said, “Our data suggest the people talking on cell phones while driving are people who probably shouldn’t.

“We showed that people who multitask the most are those who appear to be the least capable of multitasking effectively.” 

The study focused on tests given to 310 university undergraduates.  The students’ abilities to multitask while driving and using cell phones and electronic media yielded these observations:

**Those best able to multitask were the least likely to do multiple tasks simultaneously.

**The more the students multitasked, the more they lacked the ability to multitask.

**Those most likely to multitask were those with personality traits with high levels of impulsivity and sensation-seeking.

 **The reason multitaskers do so is because “they are less able to block out distractions and focus on a singular task,” not because they’re good at it.

In summary, David Strayer, co-author of the study and also a professor at the University of Utah, said, “The people who are most likely to multitask harbor the illusion they are better than average at it, when in fact they are no better than average at it, and often worse.”

My Take on the study:  If the shoes fit, take’em off—one at a time, so you don’t miss one.

Source:   Smart Planet Daily, January 25, 2013               Study published in PLOS ONE, January, 2013

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