Does Multi-Tasking Make You Less Productive?

Does Multi-Tasking Make You Less Productive?

Taryn Williford
Jun 10, 2010

We can admit it: It wouldn't be rare to find us sitting cross-legged on the sofa, our laptop in front of us with an iPhone in one hand and a TV remote in the other. The New York Times reported that many people think digital multi-tasking makes them more productive, but the opposite might be closer to the truth. In either case, NYT has a few online tests to measure if your multi-tasking digital home life is wrecking with your brain.

At the center of the story is Kord Campbell, an internet-startup founder who's easily got the busiest setup we've ever seen:

Yes, that's six screens.

He was apparently too wrapped up in his 10-at-a-time IM group chats and updating his Twitter status every 30 minutes to notice that he'd gotten an email from a big company that wanted to buy his startup for oh, $1.3 million dollars.

Even though there are beneficial side-effects to a wired-up life—studies show the brains of Internet users become more efficient at finding information and some gamers do develop better visual acuity—your brain is still being affected negatively. The result is a lack of focus and fractured thinking, whether or not you're currently in front of a computer screen.

Campbell eventually got it all figured out (read the whole story from the New York Times here), but to make sure you don't miss out on millions, the New York Times' online edition is kind enough to provide a few games to test your focus and how fast you juggle tasks. Check them out here.

Via New York Times

(Image: News.Com.Au)

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