Got a great question after my 3/21 post, check it out. She asks, “… how do you see this technological age affecting young people? Are we creating a generation of people that have a difficult time doing one thing at a time? Can the brain really multitask all that well?”
First, let’s define what I’m talking about. To me an example of multitasking is a student in class who is Tweeting, text messaging, and trying to listen at the same time. The effects of this type of multitasking are not good. Some of the negative effects are: 1) it’s promoting an excessive need to “stay connected” at the expense of other activities, 2) reliance on electronic communication at the expense of direct interaction can result in the poor development of social skills and increased isolation. 3) It can also result in poor development of executive functioning characterized by an inability to focus on any task. More simply put, regardless of what a multitasker might think, it results in a person who is less competent, less efficient, and socially less skilled. So yes, this kind of multitasking can definitely cause cognitive problems.