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Thinking multitasking equals performance is an illusion

Thinking multitasking equals performance is an illusion Thinking multitasking equals performance is an illusion
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Research on multitasking with digital technologies is in its infancy. High levels of multitasking at work, however, are directly linked to ICT use." Multitasking is seen as an efficient way of dealing with interrup-tions, integrating them into workflow and thus saving time. For example, using e-mail while teleconferencing or attending a lecture has become commonplace. It is justified on the basis that people are able to pay atten-tion to any number of tasks simultaneously. But several studies indicate that multitasking may actually impair performance. Ironically, "heavy" media multitaskers are more susceptible to distractions and perform worse on cognitive tasks than "light" multi-taskers" So increasing one's amount of ICT-based multitasking does not improve ability to master it. In general, the literature on multitasking points to negative outcomes: reduced cognition or performance (even among "digital natives") or rising work-related strain. Psychologists con-firm that humans are incapable of giving their full attention to two tasks simultaneously. What people actually do is switch their attention from one task or platform to the next, and such task switching leads to a host of issues, including attention difficulties, poor decision making, and in-formation overload. 
 

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