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Multitasking is Bad for you - One thing at a time

Multitasking is something which is a desired quality of employees that employers look in a prospective candidate. It is supposed that a person capable of multitasking is efficient and can be more productive for a company.

  But in a research conducted at Stanford University found that Multi – tasking is less productive than doing a single thing at a time. Multi – tasking not only kills performance also may damage your brain. Research finds that people cannot pay attention, recall information if he/she is multitasking and is regularly bombarded with several streams of electronic information.

  Although people doing multitasking face many problems, some people are gifted with the quality of Multitasking or at least it is a general belief. Stanford researchers compared groups of people based on their tendency to Multitask and their belief that it helps their performance. In the outcome of the research they found that heavy multitaskers – who does multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance – were actually grossly misunderstood. 

Such people are actually worse at Multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time.

  The frequent multitaskers performed worse because they had more trouble organizing their thoughts and filtering out irrelevant information, and they were slower at switching from one task to another.

  Our brains are formed such that it can focus on one thing at a time and hence Multitasking reduces our efficiency and performance. When two or more things are tried doing simultaneously brain cannot function properly and cannot do justice to both the tasks. 

  Researches further finds out that Multitasking, in addition to slowing once brain, it also lowers the IQ. According to University Of London which during a study found that participants who multitasked during cognitive tasks experienced decline in IQ score which is very low. Such IQ drop can happen if participants had smoked marijuana or stayed up whole night.

  Another point: It was long believed that cognitive impairment from Multitasking was temporary, but new research suggests otherwise. Researchers at the University of Sussex in the UK compared amount of time people spend on multiple devices (Such as texting while watching TV) to MRI Scans of their brains. They found that multitaskers had less brain density in the anterior cingulated cortex, a region responsible for empathy as well as cognitive and emotional control.

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