It may be a surprise for you to know, multi task affects our mind badly.To keep it simple and straight; Human brain is not designed to multi-task.Research has shown that human brain processes information in a sequential manner and we are biologically incapable of multi tasking.
Experimental Test at Stanford University:
Researchers at Stanford University carried out an interesting experiment to find out the impact of multi-tasking on human brain.They gave questionnaires to two groups of people, heavy multi-taskers and light multi-taskers.Investigators expected multi-taskers to be amazing at filtering information, switching between tasks and keeping a high working memory,says Researcher Clifford Nass. However, the results were disappointing as it proved the poor performance of multi-taskers. And the reason to their poor performance was they were easily distractable.Their mind was responsive to irrelevant stimuli in the environment and irrelevant memory representations.The research concluded that multi-tasking does not only affect your performance, accuracy and quality of work rather it may damage your brain as well.
Multi-Tasking or Task-Switching:
A cognitive task is one that requires some thought process that may include receiving,encoding, understanding, filtering or storage of information. Let's say you have three cognitive tasks to do. Your mind will label them as Goal 1, Goal 2 and Goal 3.Whenever you require to perform any task, certain cells in the brain get activated.So, we can understand it as three tasks will activate three different spots in our mind.When you started executing Goal 1 the cells in the spot 1 gets activated. Now, if you execute Goal 2; do not fool yourself that two portions of your mind will start giving output.No! the cells in spot 1 will loose their energy and spot 2 will become activated. Summarizing it, human brain actually switches between different tasks when, you think, you are executing multiple tasks.
The Cost of Multi-tasking:
Human brain has limited space for tasks requiring attention.Whenever you read a text message while listening to lecture, your brain takes tenths of second to get back from where it left off. This may sound casual, but gradually it affects your mental ability of focus. Your mind will be cluttered with irrelevant information and filtering of information may become time consuming at times. You will be exposed to environmental and physical distractions that affect your quality of work. Overload of multi-tasking creates stress that damage the cells for new memories.
Today's post was aimed to inform you all that how trendy multi-tasking drains our brain. You may argue that it is the demand of today's world and people think you fool if you are not a multi-tasker. Leave others! Think of yourslef ! Do you want to damage the unlimited potential of your brain or you want it to explore in the best manner? Start focusing on a single task at a time and you will notice the improved quality and efficiency in your work.'Focus' is the most precious ability that has resolved riddles amazingly. Practice this skill and let us know of the consequences.
Stay Focused! Stay Blessed!