Multitasking And Its Effects

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The Effects of Multitasking In Ellen Goodman’s article, multitasking is expressed, in many ways, that it has negative effects on the work that is being done. Clifford Nass did a study on multitasking and was shown that high multitaskers are not better at anything, they’re worse. His study focused on students of high and low multitaskers. Even the low multitaskers showed poor quality work. They would have problems focusing and were easily distracted. Many multitaskers even thought they were the, “efficient exception.” In his study it was brought to the surface that multitasking is everywhere, whether it’s watching television and texted friends or sitting in on a lecture and having a social network on the computer. Multitasking is when people try to perform two or more related tasks either at the same time or alternating between them, errors go way up, and it takes far longer to get the jobs done than if they were done separately. Multitasking, in many ways, challenges the quality of our everyday work. This is something that I, personally, have witnessed growing up in a family with eight other siblings and two sets of parents. My stepmother, when asked how she runs a family with eight children, says that, “Multitasking is a skill that takes many years to master. You can’t just learn one day how to balance many tasks and manage to get them all done in a timely fashion. It takes many years to grasp, but also to learn how to complete your everyday jobs well is another skill itself.” Many studies have shown that the quality of work done by multitaskers is far worse then non-multitaskers. It seems to be the trend in getting work done as quickly as possible, even if that means doing them all at once. I have even noticed this at my own job, a coffee shop. I am forced to serve multiple customers at once, while tending to the drive through, getting things restocked and

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