The Multi-tasking Delusion

By tamara on

imageOne of the greatest advantages that we give ourselves, is to STOP multi-tasking. Scientist have long proven that the brain cannot concentration on two distinct thoughts at the same time. During this process the brain cannot fully focus and tasks take longer to complete and have a greater predisposition to errors.

“People can’t multitask very well, and when people say they can, they’re deluding themselves,” said neuroscientist Earl Miller. “The brain simply can’t focus on more than one thing at a time.” Researchers now say they can actually see the brain struggling.

But why do people multitask to begin with? The reasons may not be as obvious as one would think but instead the reasons may have deeper psychological roots. According to a well known psychology journal, the top five reasons that people multi-task are:

1)  We think that we are saving time.

2) It’s convenient.

3) We’ve become impatient.

4) We are bored.

5) It makes people feel good.

Apparently multitasking is a deeply satisfying thing to do; it satisfies both emotional and habitual needs by creating the delusion that we accomplishing more which is driven by another delusion – self importance. All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. If you end the delusion of time and stay in the now, it all stops.

There are many detriments to multi-tasking and dozens of reasons why you should try and break this habit. But to me the greatest reason is that you are simply missing out on life. Our greatest pleasures come from being fully immersed in an activity and multi-tasking keeps us away from this experience.

And furthermore, multitasking damages relationships – with your partner, your children, your friends. And if you think that your friends aren’t offended when you are multi-tasking instead of being present and focused then you are more delusional than you even know.

2 comments

  1. Totally agree. Multi tasking is a plague of the 21st century. Employers are major culprits in this issue too. I’ve been reading about Mindfulness as a means to deal with the multi-tasking myth. Well worth investigating.

  2. Totally agree. But it takes evolution in ones self to recognize this. Not an easy task for most. It is a process that requires work.

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