Multi-tasking is multi-failing

Mar 29

A great article on the problems of multi tasking with some interesting examples such as this:

"I've done demonstrations in class," Meyer says, "whereby they can see the costs of multitasking as opposed to paying attention diligently to just one stream of input."

He might, for example, ask students to recite the letters A through J as fast as possible, and then the numbers 1 through 10. Each of those tasks typically takes around two seconds. Then he asks them to interweave the two recitations as fast as they can: "A, 1, B, 2," and so on. Does that take four seconds? No, it typically requires 15 to 20 seconds, and even then many students make mistakes.

the review of the paper is on this blog.
I agree with SCIENCE: Multi-tasking is multi-failing
http://www.andyjenkinsblog.com/2010/03/16/i-agree-with-science-multi-tasking-is-multi-failing/

I'm not sure that having several projects on the go at any one time is the same as multi-tasking though. Focus on one thing for an hour, have a short break then focus on something else for hour. The important thing is the focus and I'm sure that other studies have shown that you can only focus on something for a relatively short time.

Anyway, I've got to finish now as the phone is ringing…….

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Personality Traits of Innovators

Mar 27

Can you see yourself here? I think I know which one I am, hopefully the people who know me would agree :)

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Is the mouse going to be extinct in 2012?

Mar 27

Mashable brings us 5 new(ish) technologies that could be competing in the same space as the trusty mouse.  Personally I'm not sure about wearing a glove all day would be a great user experience, and in a crowded office voice control would be bring an interesting dimension.

This tech looks cool, but at the moment it is too early to know which if any will over take our trusty rodent friends on the Computer or laptop. Maybe they will take off in the gaming side of things first?
5 Exciting Innovations That Will Change Computing in 2012
http://mashable.com/2012/03/26/computing-tech-innovations/#545851-Eye-Control

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A unified life?

Mar 24

Fascinating thoughts on a unified life, whether using google or
another. The scenario described would be awesome, but then let’s not
forget where we have come in the last few years.

5 years ago I wanted a music player and camera on my phone. And what
have we now? That plus loads more! Another 5 years might just bring us
closer to this unification and we will back with fondness to the
quaint year of 2012!

http://allthingsd.com/20120323/what-google-hasnt-done-explained-why-we-as-use…

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Google’s Algorithm Change: “Overly-Optimized Sites”

Mar 23

Great review of the Matt Cutts talk on the google changes coming our way. More evidence that SEO is not just about link building!

Nine By Blue » Google’s Upcoming Algorithm Change: “Overly-Optimized Sites” » Nine By Blue
http://www.ninebyblue.com/google-optimized/?utm_source=bronto&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Google%E2%80%99s+Upcoming+Algorithm+Change%3A+%22Overly-Optimized+Sites%22&utm_content=The+Moz+Top+10+-+March+2012%2C+Issue+2&utm_campaign=Moz+Top+10+-+March+%232

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