Is [human] multitasking a good idea?

Cites from the New York Times: How to Deal With Digital Distractions by Quentin Hardy, November 1, 2016

  • We live in a world of screens, where digital distractions contend with our need to learn.
  • Is multitasking a good idea? No.
    • performance isn’t the same as learning.
    • when people learn motor skills with a distraction, the two are internalized.
    • Quiet music may be the distraction a flighty person needs to keep focusing. If the student tries to focus too completely, he may, paradoxically, break off altogether with a bigger distraction.
  • Analog learning works better
    • Writing notes by hand is better than typing them on a laptop […] “An important part of learning is ordering things, and you do that more with note taking.”
    • Web surfing is the new secondhand smoke. […] Even sitting next to someone multitasking on a laptop could affect your learning and performance.

New York Times: How to Deal With Digital Distractions

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