Get weekly updates via email!
tip of the day MON 01 SEP 14
When something funny happens, remember it. You can use it to cheer yourself up on a bad day!
  • Good House Keeping
    Forever young Cheska Garcia-Kramer talks about her stay-gorgeous secrets, mommy bliss, and the surprising success of #TeamKramer in the August issue a.k.a. the Anti-Aging Special of Good Housekeeping!
    Good Housekeeping
  • Women's Health
    Build the confidence to strut in a pair of jeans with our 28-day pound-shedding, lean muscle-building workout, and learn the best cuts for your body type with our easy style guide.
    Women's Health
Jennifer Chan, Staff Writer
 
April 20, 2012

Study Shows Multitasking May Be a Good Thing in Some Cases

Doing more than one thing at a time can mean being unable to concentrate on one task--but it may also help you function efficiently when it counts. By Jennifer Chan

Watching television while texting your friend and Skyping with your boyfriend can be quite a juggling act, but many of us seem to have mastered the art of multitasking. Not everyone approves of it, however, as previous studies have found that doing multiple tasks has its consequences. Our attention span, for example, is usually the first to suffer. However, a new study published in the Springer’s Psychonomic Bulletin & Review is now saying that there may be an upside to it after all.

First, researchers wanted to find out how using more than one form of media could affect users. People who multitask generally show signs of cognitive impairment, and researchers believed that this could be because their attention is on several things at once. They then wondered whether or not this could be a good thing. 

To test their theory, researchers recruited 63 participants between the ages of 19 and 28 and asked them to answer a questionnaire about how often they used certain media and how often they multitasked. They were then given a visual search task, which was sometimes accompanied by synchronous sound--that is, an auditory pip would signal the visual target had changed color without actually pointing out where it was. 

Once the test was completed, researchers found that those who multitasked the most were more likely to do better at multisensory integration.  This means they did better at the task when the auditory pips were present compared to other participants. "Although the present findings do not demonstrate any causal effect, they highlight an interesting possibility of the effect of media multitasking on certain cognitive abilities, multisensory integration in particular. Media multitasking may not always be a bad thing," the researchers wrote.

Is this a good thing or not? The answer could go either way. If you often find yourself in situations that involve multitasking--especially at work--then it might be a comfort to know that many of us aren’t exactly novices at it. However, it's important to figure out what works for you; after all, just because multitasking helps your coworker perform more efficiently, it doesn't necessarily mean the same will be true for you. Also, some tasks are easily done along with others, while others require better focus, so try to match your multitasking to your personality and responsibilities.


(Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons)

Join us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter
COMMENTS
Name :
Email :
Website :
Comment :
Security Image
 
 
NOTE: FemaleNetwork.com is a CLEAN ZONE. Editors reserve the right to delete obscene comments.
Filter comments by:
  • Be the first one to comment...
Filter comments by:
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT
follow us
Jennifer Chan
Staff Writer
Jennifer Chan was a contributing writer for Female Network for two years before formally joining the team as a staff writer in July 2012... Read more...
Latest Articles by This Author
LATEST Articles
MOST READ Articles
7 Amazing Career Comebacks to Inspire You
Failed big time? These inspiring stories will help you get back on your feet.   Aug 22, 2014 
Investing 101: Making Your Money Grow
Start building your wealth with these investment vehicles.  Aug 18, 2014 
Simple and Clean: Organizing Your Work Desk
Where you work says a lot about you as a person. What would your desk reveal about you?   Aug 11, 2014 
5 Ways to Make the Most Out of Your PAG-IBIG Fund
Find out how you can make the system work for you.   Aug 08, 2014 
The Bling Ring: What You Need to Know When Buying Jewelry
As the old adage goes, all that glitters is not gold.   Jul 28, 2014 
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT