“Ability to multitask”. That phrase is seen on nearly every job description that I’ve ever read. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in or what job you’re applying for – everyone expects everyone to be able to multitask. But what does that mean, exactly? Does it mean being able to work on three things at once? Let’s be real here, you can’t write three different emails at once – multitasking usually means something more along the lines of rapidly switching gears from one project to another. But does multitasking actually help you get more done, or is it eating away at your actual productivity?
This prompts an interesting discussion in the realm of education. We often talk about how the younger generations of students are masters of multitasking because they’ve been brought up in an era of constant stimulation and tons of devices to distract them. At the same time, teachers are still trying to get their students to focus on a task at hand. This begs the question: Should we let them multitask, or is that really not the best option?
The handy infographic below takes a look at the perils of multitasking. Does it shed any light on the question above for you? Are you a teacher that strictly polices device use to keep students on task, or do you approach it differently? Weigh in by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.