DOES MULTI-TASKING WORK? By Dr. Mark German, Optometrist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
While multi-tasking may not seem to be directly related to your vision, we are addressing the topic as the new school year begins because it relates to how effectively we learn. Nowadays multi-tasking seems like an inescapable part of life-but is it really possible to watch a movie, read a textbook and text your friends all while preparing for that exam tomorrow? A new study indicates that this is not only an ineffective way to learn but it also results in a misperception about your retention abilities.
In this study, college students were asked to memorize and perform math problems while multi-tasking. The participants were questioned about their usage frequency of 12 forms of media and also had their impulsivity and sensation seeking tendencies evaluated with standardized psychological testing.
Surprisingly, the students who reported the highest frequency of multi-tasking in their daily lives declared themselves to be better multi-taskers than what was actually measured. They thought they were learning more than they actually were. This group also scored higher on the impulsivity and sensation seeking evaluations with the psychological testing.
What’s the bottom line? Our lives are full of more and more distractions, many of them from electronic media. In order to retain new information we need to limit those distractions to allow our attention to focus on the task at hand. Studying is more effective and driving safer if the cell phone is silenced!
Dr. Mark German is an optometrist practicing at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin. He accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare Assignments. Patients of all ages welcomed.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com