Could multitasking be bad for you?

Its Monday, are you looking forward to another week of this?


Studies are starting to reveal that long-term multi tasking could actually be detrimnetal to you. According to Georgetown Professor Cal Newport "Many people have convinced themselves that it’s crucial that they are always connected, both professionally and socially, but the reality is that this requirement is self-imposed,” he says. “Shallow tasks like reading and responding to emails or checking social media might prevent you from getting fired, but it’s deep tasks that produce the value and build the skills that get you promoted.”

So if it really is self-imposed as affirmed by Newport, then why do we constantly and consistantly do it? Well, handelling several things at once and bouncing around from task to task can provide a false sense of accomplisment and this false sense could be the reason why we still like to balance all our daily tasks at once. If you are anything like me, then while I might still be complaining about all the tasks I have to undertake in a day it still breeds a sense of satisfaction when those menial tasks whave been completed. 


A study at the University Of London found that subjects who multitasked experienced drops in their IQ almost similar to those that daily lose sleep. Even though multitaskers feel like they’re getting more done, they’re working at a much lower cognitive level and this results in companies losing billions of punds in lost productivity.

The detriment to your cognition gets worse. If you’re a multitasker, you might have done some serious permanent damage, as a study that ran MRI scans on the brains of multitaskers found they had less brain density in areas that controlled empathy and emotions.

So wheres the balance? It simply dosn't seem feasible to cut out multi-tasking entirly from our daily work lives however we should be able to set aside the primary tasks and devote our full attention to that until it has bene completed. 

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