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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Multitasking

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shawanda hepburn

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Multitasking
By Shawanda Hepburn

The Advantages Of multitasking
Multitasking actually has its benefits for certain tasks. Performing a number of search engine boost tasks simultaneously allows us to finish more tasks within an 8-hour workday. The ability to switch between different projects can also stimulate our creativity, keep us from being bored, or even inspire us.
Disadvantages of Multitasking
The Disadvantages of Multitasking
While doing many things at once has its pros, these advantages come with drawbacks. Doing multiple tasks simultaneously is reflective of diminished focus. This usually results in the employee producing poor work quality compared to someone who is assigned to do only one thing.

Multitasking could also be a time waster since you’ll need to switch from task to task, and may require constant reminder of what to do. This is especially difficult for people working in web design and development firms. In most situations, little work is completed since the individual who multitasks is constantly on the move towards the next item on their list, resulting in low overall daily productivity.
Stress can also affect other regions of the brain, such as the hippocampus which helps form new memories and accesses existing ones. Damage to it can make it difficult for people to acquire new skills and facts. Stress hormones can also reduce short-term memory.

Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. And while the information plays to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats, it also provokes excitement.
Multi-tasking May Damage the Brain
It is known that the area in the brain most involved with multitasking is the one most likely to be affected by stress. The pre-frontal cortex helps to assess tasks, prioritize them and assign mental resources. It also marks the spot where we left off a task so we can return to it later. This area is affected by prolonged stress.
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