Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Flipboard 0 I read somewhere that multi-tasking makes you stupid. So, I did some research to understand why. What I learned was both interesting and revealing. Google Is Your Research Friend In my business, the phrase ‘multi-tasking makes you stupid’ is often quoted. So, I typed the phrase into Google to see what it came up with. Well, that’s not quite true. I typed the phrase ‘multi-tasking makes you’. This is the list I got back. Interesting. Almost 1 million hits on how multi-tasking makes you stupid. Also interesting, 835k hits on how multi-tasking makes you smarter. Hmmm. But even more interesting, from a research perspective at least, is the 13.4 million results for the phrase ‘multi-tasking makes you feel good’! Multi-tasking Makes You Feel Good The top rated article for the phrase ‘Multi-tasking makes you feel good’, a study by researchers from Ohio State University, looked at the effects of media multitasking on college students. The findings showed that emotional and habitual needs were most satisfied by multitasking, even if learning and thinking skills were reduced in the process. An example was given whereby students would study a book while also watching a TV show. Apparently, it can make a dull but necessary task seem fun, less stressful, and more doable. It’s a habit and, like all habits, it’s difficult to break. Summary: Multi-tasking Makes You Stupid. But You Feel Good! There seems to be no argument about multi-tasking rendering us less intelligent. Even the quoted article on how it can make you feel good starts with this quote: “There’s this myth among some people that multitasking makes them more productive” (Dr Zheng Wang) But there’s no denying the positive emotional feelings we can get when multi-tasking. Good organisations, and good coaches, recognise this and work with it. They realise that the behaviour is habitual and difficult to change (not that it stops them). Want To Prove it To Yourself? I’ve created a video on how context switching is harmful. It contains a simple, short exercise where you can prove it to yourself, or others. Twitter Tweet Facebook Share Email This article originally appeared on Scrum.org Blog and has been republished with permission.Find out how to syndicate your content with B2C Author: Kane Pepi <p>Kane Pepi is an experienced financial and cryptocurrency writer with over 2,000+ published articles, guides, and market insights in the public domain. Expert niche subjects include asset valuation and analysis, portfolio management, and the prevention of financial crime. Kane is particularly skilled in explaining complex financial topics in a user-friendlyView full profile ›More by this author:VoIP Basics: Everything Beginners Should Know!Bitcoin Investment, Trading & Mining: The Ultimate Guide for BeginnersIs This a Better Way to Set Your 2020 Goals and Resolutions?