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Dr. William J. Ward aka DR4WARD

Thank you for the comment Jessica.
There were several students in my last class looking at their cellphones in their laps under their desks and texting even though we spent 5 minutes discussing why we were having a "Topless" class - no laptops or cell phones allowed.
It is a powerful addiction when someone will not stop texting or emailing for class or work even when asked politely.


Well said. Very relevant post for me, I've been realizing my tendency to multi task and not really accomplish anything - or at least not accomplish anything with quality. It's crazy to sit and think about how much multi tasking we do with out even realizing it.

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My theory is that you may be able to get a way with multi-tasking about 90% of the time, but there is a 10% chance that your brain cannot handle it. Those numbers are theoretical, but even a 1% chance is way too much when texting and driving.


I have not completely solved the problem of feeling brain-damaged during and after doing a significant amount of grading, but I have discovered a partial solution that has been working well for me tonight: I am acquiring data in my lab at the same time that I am grading. This only works if the graded materials don't require undivided attention for lengths of time greater than the time required for the lab activity. Fortunately, I have been able to work it out tonight so that I can bounce between lab things and grading things in such a way that I am getting something scientific done and making progress with grading. And even when I'm grading, I feel happy knowing that things are moving along in the lab at the same time. This is the best kind of multi-tasking.

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A. Rome

Here, here! Well said.

I shudder to think of what may come of this national multitasking addiction (epidemic?)...

Jan Zlotnick, The Zlotnick Group (ad agency, tribeca, nyc)

A black belt martial arts instructor in our Group (creative director/art dir) says that, counter to popular culture (and counter-culture) myth (e.g. "Kill Bill), multi-tasking doesn't exist. Hence, if you want to stop an attack by multiple assailants, say 4 or 6 or 24, you are trained to focus 100% of your skills on each attacker, one menace at a time. Albeit at extraordinary speed and with an uncanny sense of order of priority. I have tried this recently on a suddenly swarming flock of pigeons descending on my lunch in madison square park in nyc. I had to buy a new sandwich, and get quickly to a dry cleaners. I guess i should have focused 100% on getting the hell out of there.

Jan Zlotnick,
Creative Director
The Zlotnick Group
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