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Multitasking hurts

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Date: Jan 28, 2008 - 10:00 AM
Multitasking isn't what you think it is, and neuroscience is proving it hurts your brain:

The next generation, presumably, is the hardest-hit. They?re the ones way out there on the cutting edge of the multitasking revolution, texting and instant messaging each other while they download music to their iPod and update their Facebook page and complete a homework assignment and keep an eye on the episode of The Hills flickering on a nearby television. (A recent study from the Kaiser Family Foundation found that 53 percent of students in grades seven through 12 report consuming some other form of media while watching television; 58 percent multitask while reading; 62 percent while using the computer; and 63 percent while listening to music. ?I get bored if it?s not all going at once,? said a 17-year-old quoted in the study.) They?re the ones whose still-maturing brains are being shaped to process information rather than understand or even remember it.
I don't have a cell phone, and I can remember most of my friends' phone numbers. Nobody knows mine unless they look it up on their cell. It's a scary thought.

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