Multitasking? Think Twice

"Serious thinking cannot be done in bursts of 20 seconds, constantly interrupted by email, facebook or twitter messages, or while you're fiddling with your iPhone"

William Deresiewicz


A certain amount of multitasking is almost inevitable in modern life and, yes, low-level tasks may be successfully completed in a multitasking fashion. Creative thinking, however, cannot. It has long worried me that multitasking is engulfing the daily activities of most researchers, and indeed most people, to an extent that is highly pernicious. This section contains some articles that urge all of us into preserving safe havens where serious thinking can continue to take place.

"Thinking means concentrating on one thing long enough to develop an idea about it. Concentrating means gathering yourself together into a single point rather than letting yourself be dispersed everywhere into a cloud of electronic and social input"

William Deresiewicz