Our entire culture thrives on being busy. It's a type of status symbol. Busy people get more done. Busy people make more money. Busy people are hard workers. Busy people are smarter. The busiest people are the winners! The problem with this is that it's simply not true.
Our brains weren't built to multitask. Our brains are designed to focus on one thing at a time, and bombarding them with information only slows them down.
First of all, you make a ton of mistakes.
Caroline Webb stresses the cognitive importance of doing one thing at a time.
Device use can become an opportunity to not only connect with another person or find important information, it can be an opportunity to actually let go of some of your anxiety, to be more present for your next encounter with a person, and to be more effective at whatever task you engage in after using your device.
The term multitasking is perhaps the best word we can use to describe our modus operandi - at work and at play. Multi-tasking, the ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously has become a way of life in modern society.
It takes effort to push back against the tide of small worries, to-do lists, people to call back, emails piling up as fast as you can delete them. Trying to meditate or to take a few moments out on the porch when full of anxiety can be infuriating. The cart is placed before the horse, and you don't get anywhere at first.
How would you measure up if someone observed you and wrote down what you were doing once a minute? Would they see you scrolling through social media, talking on the phone to your relative about a problem at home, or taking action toward your dreams?
Many issues are too complex to be reduced to a sound bite. I worry that we will lose the ability to do deep thinking if we get addicted to constant interruption by the beeps of our seductive electronic devices.
The safest place to sit on an airplane -- the place where you want to be in the event of an accident or crash -- is in the