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Now You See It // The Blog of Author Cathy N. Davidson » Getting Rid of the Myth of Monotasking (It’s Only Hurting Us)

Now You See It // The Blog of Author Cathy N. Davidson » Getting Rid of the Myth of Monotasking (It’s Only Hurting Us) | mindfulness and infotention | Scoop.it

"Technology is what is now being blamed for multitasking overload.   In some situations, that is certainly the case.   In other situations, the issue might be too much work, an inefficient office, or just boredom with the job or school work.  We can change some of those conditions and not others—but we cannot even sort out what is causing our frustration, exhaustion, or sense of failure until we understand what multitasking is.  Once we realize that multitasking itself is the human condition—not an outcome only of too much email or social networking—then we can find practical ways to address the real problem, not the mythical one."


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 16, 2013 9:16 PM

"Technology is what is now being blamed for multitasking overload.   In some situations, that is certainly the case.   In other situations, the issue might be too much work, an inefficient office, or just boredom with the job or school work."

 

Technology is not the sole driver of multitasking. It is a contributor and it probably appears to be accelerated in today's world. Most research indicates multitasking is not positive.

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:29 AM

Excellent article that I have read more than once,and has certainly challenged me to think about so many themes:  Leadership, Communication, Teaching, etc.

 

Thank you Ivon for sharing with us!!!

 

I particularly agree with this statement: "We can blame technology for our inefficiency but the real issue is competing desires that yield competing desires on our attention."

 

Are we leveraging technology and running it to fit our lives....or is technology running us? 

 

What do you think?

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, August 18, 2013 6:33 AM

a good read! just like the way the examples would love to read the book

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The Myth of Monotasking

The Myth of Monotasking | mindfulness and infotention | Scoop.it

The title "The Myth of Monotasking" is based on the idea that the brain doesn't know how to monotask, in fact the term "multitasking" doesn't really mean much of anything when you think about it carefully since virtually everything we do as humans involves coordinating multiple cognitive tasks all happening at once


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 23, 2014 5:05 AM

This short article includes a podcast interview.