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(NPR)   Think you're good at multitasking? Chances are, you aren't   (npr.org) divider line 92
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2013-01-25 12:11:13 AM  
Hmmm? Wait, say that again?
 
2013-01-25 12:11:26 AM  
I think I'm great at it. Pedestrians might disagree...
 
2013-01-25 12:11:38 AM  
I know I suck at it, but that doesn't mean I won't try...
 
2013-01-25 12:12:01 AM  
"People don't multitask because they're good at it," says David Sanbonmatsu, a professor of psychology at the University of Utah and lead author of the study, which was published online in the journal PLOS One. "They do it because they are more distracted. They have trouble inhibiting the impulse to do another activity."

Yup. It's bullshiat. People do it because they're easily, one sec Tivo commercial. Hey, I haven't watched any porn today. Is it weird to watch that while Daily Show is on?
 
2013-01-25 12:14:45 AM  
No one actually multi-threads tasks. We just have our cpu scheduler jumping between multiple discrete tasks
 
2013-01-25 12:15:05 AM  
Goes without saying that your ability to evaluate the quality and consistency of your work while multitasking is greatly reduced by the multitasking greatly reducing your ability to perform work.

Take the FX series AMD processor for example. Its a core with two heads so it constantly tries to do two things at once and does neither as well as a phenom ][ core can do each task iteratively.
 
2013-01-25 12:15:06 AM  
And this is why i always drive hands free while talking and texting, intoxicated.
 
2013-01-25 12:15:38 AM  
Multitasking: a creative way to fark up several things simultaneously.
 
2013-01-25 12:18:13 AM  
I barely monotask
 
2013-01-25 12:18:41 AM  
The only multi-tasking I'm good at is clicking between websites. And sometimes I'd rather just read a book.
 
2013-01-25 12:20:35 AM  
I'm not great at multitasking, I'm great at knowing when and when not to try it.
 
2013-01-25 12:22:49 AM  
There's plenty of other research showing that people tend to overestimate personal attributes like attractiveness and talent or even online witticism ability
 
2013-01-25 12:24:01 AM  
The secret to getting shiat done isn't multitasking, it's all about prioritizing stuff.

You would be surprised the amount of things you can get done if you simply tell yourself the following: "I can't get everything done, but I'll do what I can."
 
2013-01-25 12:25:16 AM  
I've caused infinitely more accidents fiddling with my Zune on the road than driving drunk/high/tired/completely normal and in a rested state/completely normal but in a tired state.

/I still fiddle with the same Zune, just not as often
//I've never driven while high
///awaiting dogpile for not saying I haven't driven drunk
 
2013-01-25 12:25:46 AM  
Well, I know I can listen to the radio (Npr/news/talk) while reading a book and talking on the phone. So, I do actually think I'm good at it.
 
2013-01-25 12:26:05 AM  
True, it would be crazy to ever say that I was "good" at multitasking.  I'm quite bad at it.
Thing is, I'm even worse at unitasking.
 
2013-01-25 12:28:03 AM  
I'm at my most productive when I get in a zone and knock out stuff for hours straight. Needless to say, multitasking removes any possibility of getting into any kind of zone, so it is automatically going to be less productive.
 
2013-01-25 12:29:25 AM  

Swoop1809: No one actually multi-threads tasks. We just have our cpu scheduler jumping between multiple discrete tasks


This. But one can get very good at that of course.

And some things can be tied into a single task (watching tv and pretending to listen just enough to repeat the last sentence).
 
2013-01-25 12:29:42 AM  

Man, I'm so good at that, I can multitask multitasked things that each have their OWN multitasked things that need multitasking.

MULTITASKCEPTION
 
2013-01-25 12:30:26 AM  
I'm watching a movie right now.
 
2013-01-25 12:30:43 AM  
I can only do virtual multi-tasking.

/B_W_F v3.11
/Don't complain. It's better than DOS
/get off my lawn
 
2013-01-25 12:31:00 AM  

ultraholland: Lligeret: Even worse fark digital cameras. Digital cameras are great they let you instantly see if you farked up a shot and you know you have a good picture when you leave, the downside is now people take pictures of everything, you have to wade through the shiat and mediocre to get to the one or two good pictures. Just because you CAN take a picture does not mean you SHOULD. You are experiencing the event put down the farking camera for a little bit and experience it. Don't worry some other dipshiat has it on film you can just get their picture and video. You see it all the time at speeches or concerts people watching it through their camera/phone as they take pictures/video. Why bother going at that point?

as someone who's shot plenty of film, and more importantly not shot a lot of shiat because I wanted to actually absorb the experience, I say good jorb!

Ah, what do you know about taking pictures of food and acting weird?
 
2013-01-25 12:34:09 AM  
Hmmm? Wait, say that again?
 
2013-01-25 12:35:02 AM  
Zen is the act of doing one thing at a time.

/multitasking seems like the inefficient way of approaching things, these days
 
2013-01-25 12:35:19 AM  
No need to RTA because everyone falls into one of two belief systems; either you're ADHD and think you can perform mulitiple complex tasks requiring substantive thought processes simultaneously, or you're normal.

It has been proved time and time again that humans are incapable of true multi-tasking. Sure, some people can switch attention from one activity and back to another really fast and so give the illusion of it. But if you buy into that crap and let your boss say you should be doing it you deserver to wind up in the psych ward.
 
2013-01-25 12:35:21 AM  
He's multitasking.
 
2013-01-25 12:38:30 AM  
I work with a woman who is convinced that she's the world's best multi-tasker. She isn't and the amount of stuff that gets missed by her is appalling. We'll be at meetings together and she'll be emailing or texting the whole time. Later on, she has to ask me what went on during the meeting. Needless to say, she's in management....
 
2013-01-25 12:41:04 AM  
Dunning-Kroeger. Your self image is always exaggeratedly good unless you are exceptionally good at a thing at which point your self-image trends towards bad. We suck at self-analysis.

/said anal.
 
2013-01-25 12:41:46 AM  
I am focused when doing ....

1. Loading the magazines for my Assault Rifles™
2. Milking the cows
3. Voting

One slip on any of these can be disastrous. Witness this past election. Be smart. Don't multi-task.
 
2013-01-25 12:42:35 AM  
And yet every job interviewer wants to hear you say you're a multi-tasker with OCD-levels of attention to detail.
 
2013-01-25 12:43:49 AM  
Clearly you've never seen me masturbate...which you can't, because I combine masturbation with hearing acuteness that would shame an owl equipped with a parabolic sideline microphone.
 
2013-01-25 12:44:18 AM  
Multitasking is what makes the holidays a whore and a half.

/unbox dat tree
//hang dem lights
///decorate dat house
////oh shiat, I have three days left 'til Christmas and forty presents to wrap while working full-time
//people are arriving in four hours and the turkey is still half frozen
 
2013-01-25 12:47:10 AM  
If I try to "multi-task" I am much more likely to screw up one of those tasks. I just take them one at a time.

I don't see how an executive of a Very Large Corporation does it. Or even the President of the USA.
 
2013-01-25 12:47:51 AM  
I've found that multitasking is just a synonym of productivity: it's just another way to disguise that people want us to do more and think that doing several things at the same time is a perfect way to do this. And this is why modern workplaces are farked in the head. Too bad America likes to equate workplaces with society, meaning this leaks into the real world as well.

That said, it does make me smile. One of my old bosses was heavy into multitasking. Too bad one of those wasn't managing, as he got his ass fired for not being able to manage anything at all.
 
2013-01-25 12:47:56 AM  
As evidenced by this flu, I can vomit and sweat at the time.

/GIVE US A KISS
 
2013-01-25 12:50:12 AM  
No, I'm fairly sure I suck at it.

/what did you just say the tv was on
 
2013-01-25 12:52:21 AM  
Mutlitasking is impossible. Very simple, add 57+222 while thinking of a sailboat with black sails in a thunderstorm. No one can. You switch from sailboat to math problem then back. One can not do the same mental images at the same time. Period.
 
2013-01-25 12:55:38 AM  

cryptoknight79: Mutlitasking is impossible. Very simple, add 57+222 while thinking of a sailboat with black sails in a thunderstorm. No one can. You switch from sailboat to math problem then back. One can not do the same mental images at the same time. Period.


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2013-01-25 12:58:29 AM  

LegacyDL: You would be surprised the amount of things you can get done if you simply tell yourself the following: "I can't get everything done, but I'll do what I can, starting first thing tomorrow."

 
2013-01-25 12:58:42 AM  
Multitasking is for people that can't focus on, or are trying to avoid having to do the one goddamn thing I asked them to today
 
2013-01-25 01:01:01 AM  

cryptoknight79: Mutlitasking is impossible. Very simple, add 57+222 while thinking of a sailboat with black sails in a thunderstorm. No one can. You switch from sailboat to math problem then back. One can not do the same mental images at the same time. Period.


There are a few people who can multitask. By a few, I mean about 5%. Strange, I thought they would all be on FARK, but they must be in another thread arguing among their five alts on as many VMs...
 
2013-01-25 01:07:41 AM  
I can multitask, but only if a task doesn't take up all of the brain power.

// IE, driving takes up all the CPU power ... keeping an eye on a DB script that's running doesn't.
 
2013-01-25 01:13:02 AM  

cryptoknight79: Mutlitasking is impossible. Very simple, add 57+222 while thinking of a sailboat with black sails in a thunderstorm. No one can. You switch from sailboat to math problem then back. One can not do the same mental images at the same time. Period.


That's simple. Imagine the boat, then superimpose the numbers on top of it. Or imagine 279 boats.

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The real issue here is that there's a difference between mental multitasking and physical multitasking. I can and do chew gum and walk at the same time. I can mince garlic while talking on the phone. I cannot talk on the phone about the 3rd level subplot in Neuromancer while simultaneously playing Call of Duty, because those are both mental tasks.
 
2013-01-25 01:15:20 AM  
www.transfur.com
 
2013-01-25 01:17:29 AM  
I time slice like Desqview386!

/not obscure
 
2013-01-25 01:19:43 AM  
I can fail at any speed.
 
2013-01-25 01:29:23 AM  
I'm typing this with one hand
 
2013-01-25 01:40:58 AM  

HotWingAgenda: cryptoknight79: Mutlitasking is impossible. Very simple, add 57+222 while thinking of a sailboat with black sails in a thunderstorm. No one can. You switch from sailboat to math problem then back. One can not do the same mental images at the same time. Period.

That's simple. Imagine the boat, then superimpose the numbers on top of it. Or imagine 279 boats.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The real issue here is that there's a difference between mental multitasking and physical multitasking. I can and do chew gum and walk at the same time. I can mince garlic while talking on the phone. I cannot talk on the phone about the 3rd level subplot in Neuromancer while simultaneously playing Call of Duty, because those are both mental tasks.


No, the real issue here is that the world is made up of Makers and Takers. Makers make jorbs, doh. Takers sit around waiting to be told what to do and that's where the Makers step in to fix the problems because they're...like problem solvers, you know?

If it weren't for the Makers there'd be a total breakdown of society. Everyone would sit around playing with their poo waiting for the gubmint to feed and clothe them. Or they'd all be strung out on drugs with pregnant immigrant girlfriends having welfare babies on crack.

Don't look at multi-tasking as the lash of the slave driver. Look at it as the loving hand of the Sweet Daddy who provides for all who are obedient.
 
2013-01-25 01:48:26 AM  

Degenz: Makers make jorbs, doh. Takers sit around waiting to be told what to do and that's where the Makers step in to fix the problems because they're...like problem solvers, you know?


So you'd rather be the customer, having to give someone money to do things you can't figure out how to do yourself?
 
2013-01-25 01:51:14 AM  

HotWingAgenda: Degenz: Makers make jorbs, doh. Takers sit around waiting to be told what to do and that's where the Makers step in to fix the problems because they're...like problem solvers, you know?

So you'd rather be the customer, having to give someone money to do things you can't figure out how to do yourself?


As long as you asked, I'd rather do hookers and blow until my liver or dick gives out. Which ever comes first.
 
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