Multi-tasking causes shortened attention span?

Philippines
March 29, 2012 4:15am CST
Do you think that multi-tasking can shorten a person's attention span? I have been working for 10 years now and I have always been multi-tasking at work. Prior to working, I have always been able to read long articles with no problem at all or to focus on something that I do for a long time with no interruptions. But now, when I try to read articles either in print or online, I find myself scanning through the paragraphs like I am in a hurry to finish it so that I can move on to the next task. Whenever I am doing something, I find myself stopping midway and I would start doing something else. I can work on something but my mind is already wondering toward something else. I think I need to slow down and relearn how to focus again tsk tsk Is there anyone who can relate to what I am experiencing?
4 responses
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
29 Mar 12
I think this theory can be right. I lately, I have been multi-tasking tasks at work because of many projects. My head aches a lot now, and I am getting confused on which is which. I sometimes forget some details so what I do is I write my to-do lists on a sticky note paper.
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
I think it is okay to multi-task but in moderation. Overdoing it can indeed lead to confusion. Sometimes I am doing so many things at the same time, that when I return to the first one that I started with, I can no longer remember where I stopped in that particular project
@bhonti (1247)
• Philippines
11 Apr 12
This also happens to me. I do something and then I easily get distracted when I notice other things, and then I tend to switch to another task. In the end, I was only able to accomplish a few from the many tasks I have started.
• Philippines
29 Mar 12
I can relate to that because I had been multi-tasking for some time now but I think that my attention span is also in a multi-tasking mode. However, I believe that we can still do more than one thing at the same time, if we are able to be more productive. If we aren't that effective anymore, then it's time to make a priority list and follow it up until its done correctly before moving on to do other things. Multi-tasking works in areas that it works, and may not in areas it may not work.
• Philippines
10 Apr 12
One thing I found out is that multi-tasking is good for computer works like encoding something while downloading a file or something but it is not good for relationships like doing something or thinking of something else while talking to someone.
• Philippines
29 Mar 12
It is time more use to do multi task.I also join that some task,but i am not survive because it takes so much time to me do things. So it is so hard to for me to do things with more time,and also i am not on that for now.
• Philippines
18 Apr 12
there are pros and cons to multi-tasking. Indeed it is not for everyone, but for people like me who has to juggle several responsibilities, it becomes a habit, in order for us to save time and be able to accomplish a lot more things
• Southend-On-Sea, England
29 Mar 12
I think some people are able to cope with multi-tasking better than others and successfully split their concentration so as to do each task perfectly, but I think it only really works for tasks that don't require a tremendous amount of concentration in the first place. For instance, I cringe when I see drivers concentrating on the conversation they're having on their mobile phones rather than fixing their attention onto the road. I also think that overly multi-tasking can cause stress levels to rise and create a situation like you describe where we feel as though we've always got to do something in a hurry, even if we haven't.