Multitasking - Good or bad? , Mona Turtiainen, IB1, Psychology ,…
Multitasking - Good or bad?
Useful if involve activating two different brain areas and the task is automatic.
Does not require focus at all or easy to switch mental focus.
E.g Walking and eating
E.g Reading and listening to classical music
Necessary for survival. Otherwise we would get into all sorts of accidents if we could not perform two or more tasks simultaneously.
Overall the progress of a task
Progress on multiple tasks
More ideal in more simple jobs (e.g creative work)
Good for different sorts of people
More useful for people that can easily adapt into new situations and overall are flexible.
In some situations multitasking can be life threteaning
E.g using phone while driving.
Thus some forms of multitasking are illegal in certain areas
A threath to workplace productivity
will decrease the quality of work and, according to some studies, IQ
Interuptions whilst multitasking in workplace can in long term harm the economy in the large scale as well.
Constant switch of tasks. Barely focused if focused at all.
Poor long-term strategy for learning
Interuptions and not focused.
Information cannot be retrieved easily
Learning is more flexible and specialized -> less information gained
Long-term effect on children
Multitasking can in long-term encourage shallow and fast thinking.
Not ideal way of thinking for a growing adult who has to make difficult choises and think things through.
Human brains are not wired to do multiple complicated tasks at the same time.
High-level multitasking is impossible for humans
Gives a false sense of productivity and achievement
Easy to lose track of progress and what you should be doing, can lead to procrastination because of the distractions and lack of structure.
Multitasking is necessary for survival, because we need to be able to perform simple tasks at the same time. Multitasking does have some benefits for different people working in bit more simple jobs, but there are still multiple negative sides to it. Because of multitasking the quality of your work, focus and learning could very well decrease. Your levels of procrastination would increase. Hence, it could be said that while there are some advantages, overall multitasking should be avoided when dealing with complicated tasks that involve focus and the same brain areas.
Mona Turtiainen, IB1