Multitasking makes us stupid?
I have been a huge fan of the concept of doing one task at a time, and giving it my best shot. I have, over the years, taken a few flaks for suggesting the same to some of my friends and colleagues. I used to wonder, "how do they manage to do justice to what they are doing?".
I tried it out for sometime (like mixing browsing and chatting-on-the-phone) and soon found out that I am doing a bad job at both. I just can't do either one of them efficiently. So I stopped soon enough.
Now-a-days, I see lot of guys and gals mixing phoning with driving. I can clearly see that at least 90% of the guys are just not "here" as they are doing their double act. They are very likely causing innumerable accidents — both major and minor — everyday.
Yes, I agree there are certain activities that can be done in parallel. But we are trying to fool ourselves into believing that we can both drive and talk at the same time. We cannot. It is just a miracle that we are not getting involved in serious accidents every time we indulge in serious talk+drive sessions.
Well, now, there is proof emerging that multitasking makes us stupid. Nice article. Well worth your time. It is written by none other than Kathy Sierra, of the Head First Series fame. In fact, there are so many good articles — both general and programming related — out there in that site.
I whole heartedly support and approve this theory. What do you think? Are you on the phone as you are reading this? ;)