Thursday, February 25, 2010

Multitasking – Am I Done?

Hello class:

The endless media with which we surround ourselves seem to have taken over the traditional sense of time.

As we mentioned during our first class this “semester” the intrusive nature of each tool we use reveals another dimension of new and new new media.

Most of us have been “accused” of multitasking – taking upon a variety of tasks while engaging in a series of other activities.

The younger generations seem to not have a problem executing multiple tasks at once; however, it is difficult to accept that one’s attention and dedication is committed fully to each activity.

Having a conversation on the phone and in person while driving or doing homework while watching television and listening to the radio and keeping an eye on the stove, are only a few examples of the actions in which we engage frequently.

How accurate is it to assume that each task competed does not reflect the best of our abilities?

People adapt easily to change; multitasking is the path we are have embraced. The sense of time, however, seems to be getting lost. The consequences of engaging in multiple activities seem to center on the fact that we lose track of time.

The easiness of doing work from home leads simply to no private time. We use machines/tools to make our life easier and in the end we end up working like them, 24/7.

Margaret Maria Roidi

4 comments:

  1. We have grown into an inpatient nation with this new new media. I wouldn’t call it multitasking but just the need for speed.

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  2. Are we more productive this way, or do we barely meet our expectations for each task?

    M.

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  3. Losing track of time is definitely a side effect of multi-tasking. But I think that at times, we are barely meeting expectactions for each tasks when it has been involved with multitasking. I think there needs to be time set aside to work on one task at a time. You can do many in a period of time, but not all at once and be as efficient and meet expectations to the fullest.

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  4. studies are showing that multitasking is not necessarily efficient or effective. Focus still counts for something.

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