Multi Tasking Persuasive Essay

1334 Words Jul 1st, 2011 6 Pages
The Effects of Multi Tasking
Most students have a hard time handling their time wisely. If you are like most students, your workspace looks something like this: A cluttered room piled high with papers, textbooks, and binders. You likely have a television, a cell phone, an Mp3 player, a laptop, a video game console (or two), and a DVD player. You’re playing music, have the TV on, and are surfing the internet with your textbook perched on your lap. There’s probably an open bag of chips and a soda within arm’s reach.
This might seem like the ultimate in convenience, but the sheer volume of choices and forms of mental stimulation can wreak havoc with your ability to focus on important tasks, such as writing your college essays.“In the age of
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He continues, “That failure to filter means they’re slowed down by that irrelevant information.”
Although interruptions have been shown in aviation and other work settings to result in error with serious and sometimes fatal consequences, little is known about interruptions in the emergency department (ED). The authors conducted an observational, time—motion task-analysis study to determine the number and types of interruptions in the ED. Methods: Emergency physicians were observed in three EDs located in an urban teaching hospital, a suburban private teaching hospital, and a rural community hospital. A single investigator followed emergency staff physicians for 180-minute periods and recorded tasks, interruptions, and breaks-in task. An “interruption” was defined as any event that briefly required the attention of the subject but did not result in switching to a new task. A “break-in task” was defined as an event that required the attention of the physician for more than 10 seconds and subsequently resulted in changing tasks. Results: The mean (±SD) total number of patients seen at all three sites during the 180-minute study period was 12.1 ± 3.7 patients (range 5-20). Physicians performed a mean of 67.6 ± 15.7 tasks per study period. The mean number of interruptions per 180-minute study period was 30.9 ± 9.7 and the mean number of breaks-in-task was 20.7 ± 6.3. Both the number of interruptions (r = 0.63; p < 0.001) and the number of

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