Smartphones Reduce Productivity

The jury is in: constant connectivity impedes our ability to get things done. The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High Tech World, by neuroscientist, Dr. Adam Gazzaley and research psychologist and professor emeritus, Larry Rosen explains why our brains just cannot multitask the way many of us want.

When we focus on one task at a time, the different parts of the brain—prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, visual and auditory areas, for example—all work together. When we multitask, we force the different areas of our brain to work independently of each other and dividing our attention in this way often leads to mistakes.

Additional research shows that constant multitasking and connectivity with multiple media is hurting our brain’s ability to think in important ways. So the next time you’re on that conference call, don’t respond to that important email. While you’re writing up that proposal, don’t check your text messages. Create digital boundaries. Your brain (and perhaps, your boss) will thank you.

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Sourced from: NPR, Don't Look Now! How Your Devices Hurt Your Productivity