When you’ve got a 1000-word essay, 20 exercises, and one poem interpretation, all due tomorrow, multitasking sounds like the best idea. Not only will you finish a lot faster but it will also make you feel more motivated. But will the results be satisfying enough for you? Or for your professors?
Many studies have revealed that multitasking actually causes our brains a lot of damage, apart from slowing us down when studying or working on projects. When we try to do more than one thing at a time, our brain loses its full capacity and is unable to perform all the tasks successfully. Consequently, our IQ drops significantly.
Studies at the University of London show that multitasking causes the same brain damage as the lack of sleep or the consumption of certain drugs. During the research, they noticed that a few adults lowered their IQ to the one of an average 8-year old simply by multitasking over a long period of time.
Also, the University of Sussex in the UK conducted a study which compared the amount of time people spent on multiple devices to MRI scans of their brains. Apparently, we are also predisposed to losing our empathy and the cognitive and emotional control when multitasking.
So what about studying? Is it all right if we multitask every now and then?
Multitasking does allow us to finish our tasks a little bit faster, it’s true. However, we will never be able to fully understand homework or to generate the best results from our assignments if we use this technique. So don’t make it into a habit! ?