Multitasking

The Pro’s and Con’s of Multitasking.

Big picture: when you’re studying, try to get rid of all distractions. Listening to music, watching TV or texting while studying makes us divide our attention. So in the end, we don’t fully concentrate on either task neither of them gets done 100% well.

Sources: Psych 101; 2

 

Focus

Psych fact: you can only have full focus in one activity. That’s why when you are multitasking, neither of the activities is done perfectly well.

This rule also applies to having background noises/music/movies when studying: you divide your attention between studying and the background stuff and neither of them is done completely.

Also, apparently multitasking is not good for your brain! It affects your memory and attention (see source 1), and levels of stress (source 2)

Sources: 1, 2,
Bonus: how multitasking is actually promoted by today’s technology and how you can get things done faster: 3