Warnings Against Media Multi-tasking

2491 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 10 Pages
One of the rapid, growing phenomenon’s in today’s culture is media multi-tasking. A huge contributor to this rapid growth is the constant flow of new media through different devices. These devices enable media multi-tasking through their ability to stream multiple networks at the same time (Source 1). Other reasons people multi-task are the first-rate, satisfactory feelings it provides them and the belief that they are skilled at it. They feel they are accomplishing quality work more quickly than others. Today’s culture wants tasks to be completed quickly and, without words, emphasizes the importance of multi-tasking. Because of this unspoken demand to do multiple things at once, young adults are increasing the amount of devices they use at a time. A survey done at Stanford University found that “the average university student is regularly using four different media streams” (Nass, 2010, p. 11). Unfortunately, the positives associated with media multi-tasking are showing to be myths. Multi-tasking seems to have negative affects rather than the positives people have perceived. Research has shown that those who multitask are not good, do not benefit from it, and do not get more done by partaking in it. Instead, they get less done. The reason chronic multi-taskers are ineffective at multi-tasking, is because of the negative affects…
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