FEELING A BIT OVERTASKED? It asked.
The sub-heading read, “Turn off Your PC, TV and iPhone, put down your coffee, and read this.”
So I read it while I continued to eat my Chick-fil-A. Well, it didn’t say anything about putting down your nuggets and lemonade.
Here’s a few facts I learned over lunch:
- Office workers switch among computer programs (like work software and email and Facebook) about 37 times an hour.
- The Unv. of CA Irvine found that people interrupted by emails report increased stress compared to those left to focus.
- Stress hormones reduce short-term memory.
- While heavy multitaskers believe it makes them more productive, research shows they actually have more trouble focusing and experience more stress. Remember more stress = forgetful.
- Less than 3% of the population can easily juggle multiple information streams well. Scientists at the Unv. of Utah call them “supertaskers.”
“Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.
These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.”
In other words, always checking messages, tweets, blog comments, texts, and FB status updates can not only distract us but stress us. It can dampen our memory, steal our joy and leave us bored with everyday, non-wired life. Hummm. Do you agree?
So I wonder, are you a supertasker? Or do you fall in with the other 97% of us?
Thankful for technology - God, help me use it wisely!