Multitasking Changes Level of Success…
Have you ever heard the saying “A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”? Well, it is likely that you haven’t heard it to its entirety as stated. People tend to assign a negative connotation the idea of ‘jack of all trades.’ As Melanie Pinola, former writer at Lifehacker, stated “Being a Jack of All Trades Doesn’t Mean You’re a Master of None.” There is always an opportunity cost attached to everything that is done. The quote itself states that ‘oftentimes better than a master of one.’ This means that knowing a little bit of everything is better than knowing just one thing. Let’s find out if multitasking changes level of success.
Let’s ask a real life related question; supposed you want to get a house built, would you hire three construction workers that know how to build a whole house or would you hire thirty which each specializes in a task (such as building a door, building cutting woods, roofing and so on…)? The answer is rather obvious. I am sure if you want something specific done; you would hire an expert at for that particular task you want to accomplish. Plus, knowing only one thing would make you a boring conversationalist. Creativity comes from being able to connect and draw analogies between different, sometimes unalike body of knowledge.
To really answer the question in regards to long-term consequences of human multitasking for both individuals and society, we must first understand the meaning of the word multitasking. Merriam-Webster defines multitasking at the ability to accomplish multiple tasks ‘at the same time.’ It never mentions anything about being able being an expert at anything. It is just the ability to accomplish these tasks. To some degree, truthfully human cannot fully multitask, because we only have one brain. Does that mean we can’t multitask? No, not necessarily. What I am saying it not many people has the ability to use the full potential of their brain. For instance, A computer can play a song, track your keystrokes and playing a video at the same time. We are just not able to switch between many different tasks very quickly.
Dave Crenshaw says it best in his book “The Myth of Multitasking.” He calls it “switchtasking.” We are able to switch between two or three different things, but to actually do something that requires brain activity, it not impossible but is very hard. I do disagree to some extent that you can however multitask because from experience, I can sing a song while completing my task at work. This is only because I have been doing this job for a long time. Could I do that right when I first started? Probably not! However, the chances of making a mistake are still potentially higher.
Multitasking takes away the value of the task at hand. For instance; I can carry a conversation while performing my job. I may succeed at doing both, but the issue is that I may not fully remember the full conversation. On that note, much serious information can slip thru. There are researches by Neil Messer where he discussed many topics in regards to cognitive science; The Evolution of Morality, the Neuroscience of Moral Judgment, Implications for Ethical Theory, and Theological Suspicion. There is every reason for theological ethics to attend carefully and critically to the kind of cognitive scientific study of morality. It is essential that our attention be critical. Feel free to check out these studies, but in the meantime; tell us about your experience with multitasking? Success or Not?
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