Essay on Multitasking is A Bad Habit

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In this modern era, it has become commonplace to try and accomplish as many tasks as possible as quickly as possible in order to be more efficient. With the help of technology, many believe that multitasking is becoming a required and helpful skill. Multitasking is actually a detrimental habit. Multitasking divides a person's concentration in order to attempt to complete multiple actions. Even though in the end the tasks are all finished, the quality of the finished task and the time required to finish all the tasks makes multitasking very inefficient. In addition, this division of concentration is causing many people to not pay attention. For most, multitasking is a disadvantageous skill that should not be encouraged as a valid …show more content…
After all, if a person was to learn about or concentrate on a different subject every few minutes, it would be nearly impossible to retain and remember the information. As one study discovered, "multitasking adversely affects how you learn. Even if you learn while multitasking, that learning is less flexible and more specialized, so you cannot retrieve the information as easily (Rosen 412)." Most people who multitask become so distracted by the amount of information they are trying to obtain at one time that it is actually causing the opposite effect. Multitasking makes it harder to distinguish the difference or importance between individual tasks. This means that many people either dismiss all the information gain as redundant or clump all knowledge, unnecessary and essential, together.

The clumping together of knowledge, growing low attention span, and separation of focus has not only made it harder to avoid distraction, but it also has resulted in less efficient work and performance. It was discovered in a study that when the participants were told to switch between solving math problems and classifying geometric objects, it took longer for them to solve each problem. As the tasks got progressively more complex and difficult, it took a significantly longer time for the participants to complete the assignment, especially those who were unfamiliar with the subject (Rubinstein). This revelation is particularly

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