How Multitasking Can Harm Your Brain

This is a great article on why people should cut down on multitasking. You do things better with greater results, if you do them one thing at a time, or at least if you do light multitasking. Heavy multitasking can be very problematic. The NYT has a great article on a sort of case study on Kord Campbell.

“The scary part for guys like Kord is, they can’t shut off their multitasking tendencies when they’re not multitasking.”

At the University of Rochester, researchers found that players of some fast-paced video games can track the movement of a third more objects on a screen than nonplayers. They say the games can improve reaction and the ability to pick out details amid clutter.

He is not just worried about other people. Shortly after he came to Stanford, a professor thanked him for being the one student in class paying full attention and not using a computer or phone. But he recently began using an iPhone and noticed a change; he felt its pull, even when playing with his daughter.

Kord Campbell does not bother to suppress it, or no longer can.

Researchers worry that constant digital stimulation like this creates attention problems for children with brains that are still developing, who already struggle to set priorities and resist impulses.

Mr. Nass at Stanford thinks the ultimate risk of heavy technology use is that it diminishes empathy by limiting how much people engage with one another, even in the same room.

How many times do you log onto FB and/or check your email? I’ve come to the conclusion that Facebook is evil and rarely log on anymore. I do check my feeds and emails a couple of times a day. However, since they are mostly work-related, I only check them at the most 5 times a day during the week, and about 2 or 3 times a day on the weekend. My cell phone is rarely in use and almost always on vibrate. I regularly forget it at home and it was shut off for a few months in 2010 with no ill effects.

It’s obvious that Mr. Campbell suffers from a form of Internet addiction, that focuses on social media.

WOW Addiction

You’re addicted to WOW when… your kids take a back seat to your WOW playing