While conventional wisdom teaches us that multitasking makes us more efficient, research suggests that we’re incapable of efficiently managing more than two tasks at a time.
Based on US-specific date, OnlineUniversities.com created this infographic illustrating how multitasking induced stress impacts our brain.
Here are some of the findings:
- Our daily consumption of media has more than doubled in the last 50 years from 5 hours to 12 hours.
- The average computer user checks 40 websites a day, switching between programs 36 times an hour.
- 61% of adults admit to being addicted to the internet.
- Excessive internet use may lead to the atrophy of grey matter and impact memory, goal-setting, and decision making.
So though it’s unlikely that many of us will actually stop multitasking while online all together, because its part of our job, we emjoy it or are simply addicted to it, it’s important to be mindful of how many tasks you’re attempting at once and consider slowing down or taking breaks in between.
View the infographic below: