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Technologies / The Perils of Multitasking

May 14, 2013 | Second screen, To Developers, The Useful, Terenin

The Perils of Multitasking

People who multitask feel like they're actually cutting down their own productivity.

Studies show that only 2% of people can actually multitask effectively.

Technology is encouraging more & more fruitless multitasking.

89% of people with smartphone use them at work and even though 45% of U.S. workers already believe they have to work on too many things at once. And on average, employees who use a computer for work: are distracted once every 10,5 minutes.

Studies show that students multitask while they learn, too:

  • 62% of web pages students open on their laptops during class are unrelated to the subject.
  • And on average, they generate 65 new screen windows per lecture.

Even when people are relaxing, the urge to multitask takes over: 

While average Americans watch TV:

  • 42% -  browse the internet
  • 29% -  talk on their phones
  • 26% -  text or IM

Smartphones make it hard not to multitask:

When it comes to checking email or the Internet via smartphones:

  • 67% -  will do so on a date
  • 45% -  will at the movie theatre
  • 33% -  will in church

You may feel like you're accomplishing more, but really...

Trying to focus on more than one thing causes a 40% drop in productivity.

  • Students who do homework while Instant Messaging or texting are more likely to report academic impairment.
  • Using a cell phone, handheld or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions: as much as having a BAC of .08%

Multitasking confuses your brain and slows things down: Concentrating on one task at a time will get the job done much faster.

Next time You're tempted  to multitask, just say NO!