What Multi-Tasking Does To Our Brains

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We’ve all heard it hundreds of times: to work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking. And yet, we let it slip. We end up eating lunch in front of the TV with our laptop open. We browse Twitter and Facebook whilst sending emails, and probably chatting in Google+ too. If we should be focusing on just one assignment, blog post, or proposal…why the heck is it so hard to focus?

To understand why we always fall into the habit of multitasking, when we know we shouldn’t, Lifehacker shared some very interesting studies. The answer is in fact quite simple:

“People who multitask are not being more productive—they just feel more emotionally satisfied from their work.”

This is what researcher Zhen Wang mentions in a recent study on multitasking. She mentioned that if we study with our books open, watch TV at the same time and text friends every so often, we get a great feeling of fulfillment. We are getting all these things done at once, and we feel incredibly efficient.

Unfortunately, exactly the opposite is the case. Students who engaged heavily in multitasking activities felt great, but their results were much worse than that of people who didn’t multitask.

Learn the rest of their findings, and Lifehacker’s tips the multi-tasking madness here.

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