After reading the article by Claudia Wallis on multitasking, it occurred to me just how much I multitask throughout the day. I guess with such busy lives, we don't think about it because it's our way of getting everything done that we need to do for the day. For this blog I want to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of multitasking throughout the day. When is it okay to multitask and when are there risks involved?
An obvious advantage of multitasking is being able to do and finish multiple things at the same time. For example, in the article someone doing homework while their computer loads is a simple way to multitask. Let's think of another example, talking with a peer while on your way to class, it's not so dangerous because you don't have to think about walking, it's something we can do unconsciously. In this sense I think multitasking can be a good thing, because if we did not multitask, we would have to stop in the middle of the walkway to have a conversation. There's nothing wrong with that, unless maybe you are running late. What other harmless examples of multitasking can you think of? Other advantages of multitasking?
Now we must think about the disadvantages. Some might say there are minimal disadvantages, but the following example will prove that multitasking can be a dangerous habit. Text messaging while walking is one thing, but you can take it too far. Now I know everyone does it, so don't deny it: text messaging while driving. You've been having this interesting conversation with a friend about something, but you are also driving, you take your eyes of the road for a few moments and when you look up the car in front of you had to stop suddenly. You hit the other car, all because you couldn't wait to look at the text at a stop light or something. This is a serious consequence of multitasking and you don't even think that a few moments could cause this. What are other disadavantages the article talks about?
I think it is okay to multitask, in our world today it's impossible not to. But where do we draw the line? What are your opinions on when it is okay to multitask and when do we need to be more careful about multitasking?