Phones are getting smarter and so are humans. Phones these days allow you to do many things at a time you can talk while you walk and chat when you drive. Doing multiple things at a time is not everyone’s cup of tea. But some are so used to multitasking, they can talk, email, text, trade on share market, order lunch and romance with their girlfriends all at the same time. Doesn’t that sound very efficient? Research says multitasking is counterproductive.
Multitasking is doing several things at a time. In today’s world, almost everybody is programmed to do multiple things at a time.
In offices, multitasking can be seen with doing their work at the same time attending phone calls, operating the computer, signing documents and so on. There are few who give exclusive attention on everything they do and there are the multitasking individuals who try to do everything at a time.
For housewives, multitasking is an inevitable thing that they become accustomed to and carry out effectively. Well, without our mommy in the house, we do fumble up things.
When people do any work, they focus on that task at hand. When they do more than one thing at a time, this attention gets divided. Now, this saves time but it also decreases the efficiency of the work.
On the contrary, it is believed that multitasking is supposed to increase the efficiency of work but it is not relevant if you notice. If you do two things at a time, you are not giving proper attention to both of them.
We have come across quotes like “multitasking is messing up several things at a time.” What does it mean? It is said that multitasking improves efficiency but actually it decreases efficiency.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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