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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” (Head, and Eisenberg 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”, the 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. Students become more easily distracted by these website because they are seemingly more entertaining than the task at hand. Attempting to multitask with non-academic websites while in class or doing schoolwork becomes a distraction to a student, causing the student to absorb less information, do less quality work, and get lower grades than he or she would if the non-academic site was not opened. There are two kinds of multitasking, doing two tasks that require different brain functions, and doing two tasks that use the same 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 task. The second of the two, doing two tasks that use the same brain function, is a more difficult thing to accomplish. An example of
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2 this kind of multitasking would be trying to think of two things at the exact same time. It simply cannot be done (Multitasking). This is the multitasking that will be discussed in this paper. This form of multitasking is often seen as an individual’s attention being torn, or having their focus continually switch back and forth. This theory of switching tasks has been proven by various studies. College researchers from Boston College performed one of the studies on this. In this study participants were put in a room with a computer and a TV both of which were on. The participants were told to use either the TV or the computer to complete a task, however they were allowed to use the other device at the same time for entertainment purposes, if they would like to. The researchers placed a video camera in the room to record what had happened. The study found that on average participant’s eyes switched between the two devices 120 times in a 27-minute period. The researchers predicted the number of times of switching to be high but this was way higher than they could have ever predicted. The researchers found, "that when people
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