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Pay Attention, Multitaskers – If You Can

(Yes, that’s the same headline I used on my page A2 tonight)

I was just as shocked as the scientists who performed this study to find that people who multitask the most are the lousiest at it. Meaning that their memory is worse, they have a harder time focusing, and they “can’t ignore the stuff that doesn’t matter.”

According to The Associated Press:

The people who multitask the most are the ones who are worst at it. That’s the surprising conclusion of researchers at Stanford University, who found multitaskers are more easily distracted and less able to ignore irrelevant information than people who do less multitasking.

“The huge finding is, the more media people use the worse they are at using any media. We were totally shocked,” Clifford Nass, a professor at Stanford’s communications department, said in a telephone interview.

This is alarming to me mostly because I’m a crazy multitasker, like most people my age. Mom, please don’t read after the jump.