Why multitasking is bad for you


    Why multitasking is bad for you

  • 1 Our brains can't multitask

    According to experts our brains don't multitask but they just keep switching fast between tasks. The brain wasn't designed for multitasking.

  • 2 Multitasking causes stress

    According to a research multitasking can lead to a lot of stress since the brain would be busy thinking about a task while doing a totally different one.

  • 3 Reduced effiencity

    As the brain keeps going back and forth fast between two different tasks it consumes a lot of energy and thus efficiency is reduced.

  • 4 Tasks take longer to finish

    In a study done by the university of Utah it was shown that multitasking reduces the task competition time. The study showed the drivers took more time to reach their destinations when they were on the phone (See why using a phone before sleeping is bad).

  • 5 Increased chance of making errors

    When the person shifts between tasks fast the chance of making a mistake increases as a result.

  • 6 It affects memory

    In one study it was shown that shifting between tasks while reading or studying can lead to memorizing less amount of data.

  • 7 Can lead to overeating

    In one study it was shown that the signal for being full might not be sent properly if the person was busy watching TV or doing something else while eating. 

  • 8 It reduces creativity

    According to a study When a person multitasks his temporary memory gets used up and so he can hardly become creative.

  • 9 Multitasking can reduce the attention span

    According to the guardian Multitasking can wire the brain to release dopamine when a person shifts to a more rewarding task. This can create an addition loop that rewards the brain when it looks for distraction (See why your attention span is getting shorter).

  • 10 The information gets stored in a wrong area in the brain

    Russ Poldrack, a neuroscientist at Stanford, found that when people study while watching TV the information gets stored in the wrong area in the brain and thus retrieving it becomes harder.

  • 11 You feel exhausted

    As the brain keeps moving between tasks it consumes a lot of energy which leads to feelings of fatigue and exhaustion.

  • 12 Decisions results in more stress

    As a person multitasks he needs to take many decisions about what tasks to shift to. Those decisions can result in an increased amount of stress.

  • 13 Multitasking lowers IQ

    In a study in the university of London it was shown that multitasking while doing an mentally challenging task can reduce the IQ.