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1 Densen, Rebecca Densen Soma S. Feldmar English 201 November 15, 2011 Multitasking or Distracting? Multitasking originally was used to describe the “parallel processing abilities of computers… Multitasking is now used to describe how humans try to do more than one thing at the same time” (source 15 pg. 6). Multitasking is generally seen as being efficient, however, for students multitasking can often do more harm than good. Many believe with the Net Generation, generation of those who learned to use technology such as computers at a young age, have a more developed ability to multitask than those before them. This belief leads many to feel it is alright for students to use on non-academic websites while in class or doing school work. This is not true however; attempting to multitask with non-academic websites during class or while doing schoolwork causes distractions and allows for less information to be retained; thus resulting in lower grades. Multitasking with non-academic websites on a laptop during class or while doing academic related tasks has negative affects on a student’s academic experience as a whole, because one is more likely to become distracted resulting in him or her having trouble retaining the necessary information for the class. There are two kinds of multitasking, doing two tasks that require different cognitive brain functions, and doing two tasks that use the same cognitive brain function. The first of the two, doing two tasks that use different cognitive brain functions, is usually not a hard to accomplish, for example walking and talking, they are not in anyway the same kind of cognitive task. The
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2 second of the two, doing two tasks that use the same cognitive brain function, is a more difficult thing to accomplish. This kind of multitasking would be more like trying to think of two things at the exact same time. It simply cannot be done. This is why often time what is called multitasking is really a constant switching of tasks (source 8). The theory that multitasking is simply switching back and forth between tasks is the idea that when attempting to accomplish two similarly cognitive tasks, the brain cannot look at both at the same time nor can it think about both at the same time so one’s attention is being divided amongst the two by, focusing on one for as little as a few seconds and then focusing on the other. This theory of switching tasks has been proven by various studies. One study performed by college researchers from Boston College. This study had participants attempt to use either the computer or the television, while both were on in the room. The researchers placed a video camera in the room to record what had happened. The study found that participant’s eyes switched between the two devices 120 times in a 27-
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course ENG 201 taught by Professor Recny during the Fall '08 term at SUNY Buffalo.

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