Web editors are born multitaskers. We have to be. Rarely a day goes by that we don’t have to handle multiple projects and juggle scope creep.
Yet a recent article on Mashable.com claims that only two percent of people are really true multitaskers. They cite OnlineCollege.org, which says that what most people think of as multitasking is really distraction.
“For example, employees who use a computer for work are, on average, distracted every 10.5 minutes,” says the Mashable article. “Students who bring their laptops to class aren’t doing much better, since 62 percent of the web pages that they open during class are completely unrelated to the lecture. And what about the 67 percent of people who check their email or use a mobile web browser while on a date?”
Even more frightening: “Focusing on more than one thing decreases your productivity by 40 percent and lowers your IQ by 10 points, according to Harvard Business Review. And it almost goes without saying how dangerous it is to multitask while driving.”
Are you a real multitasker in your job, or are you merely being distracted by another project that you’d prefer to be working on or have to work on? Do you feel your basic intelligence drops the more you have to handle?
In this age of information explosion, it could be that we’ve just learned how to multitask the distractions.