I just watched a episode on FrontLine (on PBS) about multitasking. Kids today insist that they can do many things at the same time and almost all of them involve some form of electronics. The FrontLine episode basically said the kids think they multitasking very well when in reality they don’t do any of the things well at all. The brain is just not meant to do multiple things at the same time.
I’m definitely not a kid anymore but I too can multitask if I need to but I prefer to work on one thing and then get it done. My wife gets very upset when I don’t give her my full attention when she is talking. I, unlike most kids today have an almost tunnel vision when it comes to completing a task. Everything else almost disappears until that task is done. Maybe sometimes the old ways are just better. But, having said that, I wouldn’t give up my smartphone, laptop, or fully equipped desktop for anything. I just don’t want to use them all at the same time. I can remember a time when I carried around nothing electronic on my person except maybe a watch.
It just goes back to the old saying:
Jack of all trades and the master of none
If you are doing six things at the same time you are doing none of them very well. Some are afraid that we are dumbing down our kids by allowing them to multitask at the level they do today.
But what do I know…..