Advice to multitaskers from Sri Lanka Police
I was reading an article on the brain and modern distractions, on my phone, but half way through I was thinking I should tweet it. I was in the midst of watching Infernal Affairs on surfthechannel.com and had not yet had breakfast. I only now finished the article, and that after numerous interruptions. I’m not sure I’ve retained much. On bit is that “Behavioral studies have shown that performance suffers when people multitask.” Multitasking all the time, I have to concur.
In many spheres I find that we’re being driven towards a world of quantity rather than quality. For me many simply means media, in news and film and conversation I’m having more but not necessarily better. Indeed, it gets harder to push for better when it seems like the demand – in music, film and arts – is for the fast, cheap and easily reproduced.
Personally, I find that I’m checking my phone when waiting for anything, even for 15 seconds. That’s probably unnecessary. I’m trying to cut back, trying to stay off Facebook, even letting emails go unanswered. The article details some scientists who just ventured out of cell phone reception for a few days as if that was a post-modern form of exploration. And in a way it is. In this age of infinite choices the best one is perhaps to choose something simple and stick to it for more than five seconds.