June 5, 2014
Working on several things at once is something most of us do. This is even worse when it comes to digital natives who are constantly hooked to their digital devices. In fact, multitasking has never been as bad as it is now with the widespread of mobile technologies and the constant state of connectedness.
Multitasking is so hard to resist and while multitasks are lured into believing that they can have more done by doing several things at once, studies show that such a practice causes productivity to go down as much as 40% .Worse even, research has also proved that heavy multitasks are less competent at doing several things at once than light multitasks. In another study cited in Harvard Business Review, people who are distracted by incoming emails and phone calls are reported to have a 10-point drop in their IQs.
I also invite you to check out this visual shared by Mashable featuring some interesting stats on how multitasking affects the average person. I learned about this infographic from Tony Vincent.
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