Generation of Multitaskers?
With media and technology increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives, the youth of America have began to show characteristics of chronic multitaskers. After reading the short NY Times article below I began to look at my own life and how technology directly affects me. Even though I never notice the effects while they are directly affecting me, as I look back at a day in my life I realize that technology dominates it.
I go to school, use my iphone on my free to play games, text people throughout the day, use the internet to research a topic or look up a word, go back to my phone and play games, go home and watch a television episode online, check facebook, check Twitter, text some more, check facebook again, and the list goes on and on. I know that these many distractions sometimes make it hard for me to focus on my homework. While this has not had a detrimental impact on my grades, I see how it potentially could.
Sometimes a simple assignment takes me much longer because while I am doing it I am also texting and listening to a movie play in the background. There is also the occasional facebook check in between math problems. I could see how this constant multitasking could rewire the brains of young people like me, however I think that it is very hard not to become accustomed to this kind of lifestyle. Society is revolving around it whether we like it or not.
I agree with Michael Risch in the NY Times article when he comments on how our brains are rewarded for jumping from one thing to another. I often feel a feeling of satisfaction when I do many things at wants, like I am accomplishing more. This may not be true in the sense that it takes me longer to complete a single task because of the constant distraction, but I think this is a key factor in why young people are constantly multitasking.
Technologies give us an outlet that is addicting because it gives us satisfaction. And it's not just us, everybody is doing it.
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