Friday, March 13, 2015

The "High" of Multitasking

In her book Alone Together (New York: Basic Books, 2011), Sherry Turkle writes, “But multitasking feels good because the body rewards it with neurochemicals that induce a multitasking ‘high.’ The high deceives multitaskers into thinking they are being especially productive. In search of the high, they want to do even more. In the years ahead there will be a lot to sort out” (163).

The fact of the matter is that constant multi-tasking makes us less productive, less excellent, less happy, and more tired. In fact, earlier in the book Turkle asserted that constant connectivity via phones and computers exhausts us to a level similar to losing an entire night’s sleep!

So don’t let the culture, or the neurochemical “high” fool you—as a general rule, multitasking does not work. May we push back against the tide and learn to focus, rest, and pursue excellence for the glory of Christ and the good of others.

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