Multitasking- Good or Bad?
Multitasking is such a topic which often brings on a heated debate. Sure, multitasking can help us accomplishing multiple tasks on a to-do list, but does doing multiple things at the same time affect our ability to do those tasks perfectly? Did we ever thought of whether it is a positive attribute to boast on resumes or is it a risky habit that is harmful to those having attention issues?
Did anytime we think of it when where students are concerned? Does doing multiple tasks at a time can influence them in their learning process or can they retain the information which they need by doing so?
It’s easy to switch mental focus while doing simple tasks, allowing people to do multiple things at a time, as for example, at home, speaking to someone on the phone while preparing breakfast or mopping the floor; at work, listening to radio while responding to a simple email or texting on phone, etc. It might help you to learn how to deal with distractions and interruptions- because life or people won’t stop if you are busy. It does allow progress on multiple tasks, even if the progress is minimal. It also helps in moving several projects/chores/assignments towards a single deadline. It also does help us develop the ability to cope when there are lots of chaos happening around us. Our society is becoming more technological wired day by day. The ability to use multiple technologies simultaneously will keep people of all ages getting benefited with these technologies. It also help us in situation where deadlines loom or is about to finish because in these cases it’s always better to complete pieces of all tasks than to complete only one.
According to extensive research, the actual act of switching between two things takes a long time in terms of our mental strength. Our brain assign rules to how we do some task. Switching between tasks means closing one set of rules and opening another. It’s often seen that interruptions of a ringing phone or the chime of an instant message makes it difficult for us to come back to the original task at hand. It’s also often seen that multitasking often results into busy work without accomplishing anything. Whether we are in the workplace or in the classroom, multitasking creates a drop in our efficiency to do work properly. Non-stop distractions often lead to frustration and loss of attention. Through multitasking, instead of accomplishing a single whole task properly, we often finish doing it very little.
Interruptions are especially not good for children who have attention deficiencies or for them who are learning how to activate their internal filtering mechanisms. The more technological savvy we become, the less we tend to use basic, old-fashioned social skills. Some companies are even taking an anti-technological stance and are implementing email-free days to force their employees to improve their problem solving as well as improving their teamwork skills.
Nowadays, multitasking often include a variety of technological devices. This leads to procrastination more than anything else. Our brain often gets tired. Known as executive function, the brain’s ability to make multiple decisions can easily tire out making it a less-effective decision maker.
Today, all around the world, we can see that multitasking is extremely prevalent and not something that will go away soon. Even though multitasking has been shown to be ineffective by different studies, it is still being acknowledged as a powerful skill which many people will take on in the future.