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Digital multitasking makes you stupid: time management for idiots?

Multitasking is in demand like never before. But what does it actually do? Nothing more than exhaustion and ineffectiveness. Whoever mutlitas makes a fool of himself.


When work destroys the brain: eMailThey make stupider than kippers

As the Manager Completely stoned at the desk, he praised him for his zeal for work and gave him another joint in his hand. Incredible Worthy? Not quite! A study at London's King's College wanted to find out how the constant retrieval of mails affects the intelligence quotient.

One group was drunk with marijuana, the other with mails. When the boss praised his coworker for fast mails, possibly by mail, he holds him on digital drug.

Time management gone crazy: why multitasking is inhuman

The term multitasking is inhumane: It comes from computer language and describes the ability of an operating system to handle several tasks at the same time.

Each of these processes access the central brain of the computer, the main processor. This distributes the capacities. But the processes only seem to take place at the same time: They happen one after the other in a flash.

The human brain can only process one process at a time

And if you activate too many processes on the computer, you will feel it: Then the computer is stuck. And we say, again humanizing: "The computer has hung up!" First aid is provided by the Windows Task Manager, for example, which cancels individual processes to create capacity for others.

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At the same time, the human brain can also process only one process, only one thought. Its capacity is always the same, even if someone starts many operations.

If the ability to concentrate is lost: be careful not to waste time!

The human concentration is like a tube from which a certain amount of water flows: no drop is lost as long as the tube is directed to a single bucket. The bucket fills quickly.

But what happens if you want to distribute the water to several buckets at the same time? Each time the tubing changes the bucket, water passes - a loss of spreading. And it takes much longer for the individual buckets to become full; after all, everyone gets only a fraction of the original amount.

The end of the increase in efficiency: Why multitasking always makes you dumber

When we switch from one task to the next, from emailing to telephoning, from texting to conferencing, concentration is lost like water between buckets.

The more often the concentration hose changes the work vessel, the less is left for the individual process. The result: We get less and less baked and we get more and more stupid. Therefore, multitasking is not efficient at all; on the contrary, it always makes you dumber.

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3 responses to "digital multitasking makes you stupid: time management for idiots?"

  1. Sigrid Lang says:

    I have given up multitasking, it is not possible to concentrate on more than one “thing” at the same time. Latvia always suffers from one thing. Very few admit to it. We always have to do one thing and that is BREATHING. And I can only do one task / thing right if I can fully concentrate on it. I can't cook B. generate orders at the same time. Or be in a meeting and talk on the phone and do research on the Internet. All of this would be multitasking. This also affects the psyche in the long term. So forget about multitasking!

    • Simone Janson says:

      Dear Ms. Lang, you are absolutely right, it is best to only do one thing at a time, otherwise everything will go wrong.

  2. Jonas Paul says:

    Great contribution

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