Technology is developing rapidly. It is an essential part of how we live our daily lives–in a mental and physical sense, and in professional and personal environments. Cybercognition explores the ideas of technology addiction, brain training, and much more. This text provides readers with a guide to understanding concepts related to the online world. It answers important questions: • What is the impact of digital technology on our learning, memory, attention, problem-solving, and decision making? • If we continue to use digital technology on a large scale, can it change the way we think? • Can human cognition keep up with technology? Suitable for students on Cyberpsychology and Cognitive Psychology courses at all levels, as well as anyone with an inquiring mind.
Chapter 6: Multitasking
- To define the concept of multitasking in the context of the digital environment;
- to explore the theoretical underpinnings of multitasking from an information processing perspective;
- to highlight the impact multitasking can have on task performance;
- to explore the concept of media multitasking and examine how this can impact on performance;
- to examine the literature on smartphone and mobile phone use whilst performing other tasks to highlight the clear safety issues of such activities.
I would like to beg for the reader’s indulgence here and in doing so ask you to ponder the following quotes:
[T]he ability to multitask is considered to be a desirable job skill by many employers, which is not surprising given that, on average, workers shift between tasks every three minutes. (Monk et al., 2008: ...