Despite all the hype about multitasking teens, it’s not good for students to do too many things at once, writes cognitive scientist Dan Willingham on Answer Sheet.
. . . college kids who report being chronic multitaskers are actually somewhat “worse” than their peers at some basic components of cognitive control (like switching attention).
If you care about what you’re doing, focus on it, Willingham advises. Leaving a TV on as background noise is distracting. Background music can help or hurt, depending on the “type of music, type of task, type of person, or a combination of factors is still unknown.”
Young people are better at multitasking than older people, he writes, but that doesn’t mean it’s good for them.
If there’s anything I hate, it’s a TV babbling on with nobody watching. But then I’m one of those older people.