Yes – all of us – most especially women – take pride in being able to multitask. But whether it is good for us and whether the end result of quality of task achievement is being positively or negatively impacted has probably become one of those $64 questions!
As suggested in a Forbes report last week, multitasking is not all that it’s racked up to be.
Reporting on recent research conducted at Stanford University, Travis Bradbury in his article: Multitasking damages your brain and your career, new studies suggest outlines some of the fundamental misconceptions about multitasking. Those who multitask
- are less productive
- cannot pay attention
- are unable to recall information
- have difficulty switching from one task to another
- have poorer concentration skills
- have worse organizational skills
- have less ability to attend to details
- lower their IQ
Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully.
Yet, most teachers will attest to the fact that students today, which equates to the entire Gen Z who populate our schools, constantly engage in multitasking. When in fact, was the last time, you saw a student in your classroom doing just one thing at a time?!
For educators, The question becomes whether or not we are rearing a generation whose intelligence and organizational and operational skills will be totally compromised unless we start acting like policeman in our schools to actively stop them from doing what they are constantly doing: multitasking!
Addressing this very issue, Katie Lepi included this great infograph in an Edudemic article: How much multitasking should be done in the classroom? (July 12, 2014) It is no surprise that many of the statements raised in the Stanford study also appear here:
So what’s happening in your classroom, your school, your life?