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.
We know very well that it’s risky to talk on the phone while driving and it’s also against the law; it’s for the safety of drivers, as while we talk, our mind might focus on what the person on the phone is speaking.
We see students mix up their entertainment with studies, sometimes couples having trouble in relationships because of not giving attention to each other while serious conversations, and many such situations where focus on one task is required.
Multitasking saves time for sure but at the same time it doesn't give the quality like if it was done separately.
Multitasking comes with a risk. Imagine a girl crossing a road while painting her nails. You never know how much of multitasking is too much.
We might think that multitasking can save time and is being a helper but we don’t realize that it’s also creating stress. The mind of multitasking people is always on the run. Their heart rate is not stable because they are always completing something or the other.
Connecting t crossbars to the letter next to it shows the multi tasking trait.
Neha Rathod is a Psychologist, specializing in Industrial and Clinical Psychology. She is a Graphologist and counselor at CPAG.
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