Multitasking Makes You Stupid, Slow and ADHD

Posted on January 28, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The Atlantic: Neuroscience is confirming what we all suspect: Multitasking is dumbing us down and driving us crazy.
 
“Multitasking messes with the brain in several ways. At the most basic level, the mental balancing acts that it requires — the constant switching and pivoting — energize regions of the brain that specialize in visual processing and physical coordination and simultaneously appear to shortchange some of the higher areas related to memory and learning. We concentrate on the act of concentration at the expense of whatever it is that we’re supposed to be concentrating on… studies find that multitasking boosts the level of stress-related hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline and wears down our systems through biochemical friction, prematurely aging us. In the short term, the confusion, fatigue, and chaos merely hamper our ability to focus and analyze, but in the long term, they may cause it to atrophy.”
 
Our freedom to stay busy at all hours, at the task—and then the many tasks, and ultimately the multitask—of trying to be free.
 
VIA slashdot.org
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