This is exactly how I feel

Top Ways Tech Has Rewired Your Brain

My brain hurts all the damn time:

New research suggests the possibility that cognitive damage associated with multi-tasking could be permanent.

A study from the University of Sussex (UK) ran MRI scans on the brains of individuals who spent time on multiple devices at once (texting while watching TV, for example). The MRI scans showed that subjects who multitasked more often had less brain density in the anterior cingulate cortex. That’s the area responsible for empathy and emotional control.

The one caveat is that research isn’t detailed enough to determine if multitasking is responsible for these effects, or if existing brain damage results in multitasking habits. Still, no matter how you spin it, multitasking is no good.

The lesson? Multitasking is not a skill to add to the resume, but rather a bad habit to put a stop to. Turn off notifications, create set email checking time slots throughout the day (rather than constant inbox refreshing), and put your mind to the task at hand.

2 thoughts on “This is exactly how I feel

  1. To be fair, the brain changes probably aren’t permanent. The brain alters depending on how you use it. So whatever changes are there can probably be reversed eventually by using the brain in a way that requires the lost functions.

    But it’ll feel like learning calculus for a while. Much easier to check something in the timeline instead….

  2. Multi-tasking and multi-devicing seem be two different things.
    Managers multi-task (task assignment and follow-up) all day long, but they seldom try to use multiple devices at the same time.
    Wouldn’t it be counter-productive to try to carry on a multi-person conference call while answering your company e-mail?

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