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Multitasking Attention Deficit Hamster Wheel: Assault and Short Range Thinking

Insufficient attention has long been considered a new epidemic of our time, while we are constantly turning the hamster wheel. But what are the reasons?

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What short-range thinking and lack of attention do to us

A new discipline is conquering the world of work: short-distance thinking. Sustainability gives way to shortness of breath, strategic action to drumming actionism.

And multitasking is closely linked to this lack of attention. Because when it comes to multitasking, many processes are neglected. And the reasons for this are deeper.

Difficulty concentrating: the brain is to blame

Man's working memory is to blame, if you will. This buffer is extremely unreliable, which we notice, for example, when we as listeners at the end of a long tapeworm sentence no longer know its beginning.

And who has it not happened to when he got home from work, what phone call he still had to make and which email to send? Psychiatrist Edward Hallowell calls the lack of attention a new epidemic and describes it as "a direct result of the modern world of work".

Sick distraction is on the rise

With so many tasks that they wanted to do at the same time, many people did themselves - in terms of health. You suffer from Attention Deficit Trait (ATD), a pathological absent-mindedness.

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They are under constant current and, according to Hallowell, are “distracted, irritable, impulsive, restless”. And just as a junkie needs his material, so the less attentive need their multitasking. In ever higher doses. With increasingly fatal consequences.

Multitasker: like stupid motion detectors

One of these consequences are the work results, as the Standfort scientist Clifford Nass found out in a study. Compared to people who rarely multitask, multitaskers are less concentrated and mix up the important and the unimportant.

And like stupid motion detectors that do not differentiate between humans and cats, they react to any external stimulus, including nothing. Does that mean that multitasking becomes stupid?

Endurance deficit and error in thinking

They struggle with tasks that require stamina. Her mental performance diminishes, her thoughts sneak into her thinking. And who said that when multitasking you learn at least the multi-screen, is mistaken: not even in the multitasker are better!

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor Frank Schirrmacher, until then not exactly known as a critic of capitalism, describes multitasking in his lightning-quick book “Payback” as “bodily harm” and sums up: “Multitasking is the doomed attempt of humans to become computers themselves. ”

Hamster wheel syndrome: how do you lose your mind?

But who gave people this crazy idea? Who has been doing everything since industrialization to get the most out of machines and people so that the ruble rolls? Who invented the assembly lines, introduced the computers, accelerated the world so rapidly that the minds and hearts can no longer keep up?
Who, if not the ruthless employers, has turned modern man into a kicking test animal in the hamster wheel of multitasking?

Of course, we ourselves. Therefore, there is the beautiful hamster wheel rule: There are many ways to lose your mind. Multitasking is the most modern.

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2 responses to "multitasking attention deficit hamster wheel: assault and short-range thinking"

  1. BuhlCoaching says:

    Sick distraction is on the rise, attention is a scarce good

  2. Simone Janson (SimoneJanson) says:

    The fairy tale of multitasking - Part 3: Assault & short-range thinking

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