Tuesday, August 16, 2011

"Multi-tasking is a lie"

For a little while, the above phrase was my mantra. It's hard not to be tempted to try and cram more into a work day by trying to do two or three things at once. But the result (unless it is walking and chewing gum) is nearly always unimpressive results or failure.

Thanks to a recent study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we finally have proof in the form of fMRI images that doing two tasks at once decreases decision-making and perception. Read Wired's coverage here.

If you prefer your information in chart form - and frankly - who doesn't? Here is the first in my "You can graph anything" series.

Multi-tasking is a lie
(where x=number of activities you attempt at once)

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