i've noticed over the past couple years a sharp decline in my ability to focus, especially when i'm online. i much prefer a print newspaper or a book, because within a few minutes--maybe even seconds; i should time it--i find myself thinking about moving on when i read online.
so when i started reading Ear Plugs to Lasers: The Science of Concentration, i made an effort to quell my nomadic ways.
this part grabbed me:
“Multitasking is a myth,” Ms. Gallagher said. “You cannot do two things at once. The mechanism of attention is selection: it’s either this or it’s that.” She points to calculations that the typical person’s brain can process 173 billion bits of information over the course of a lifetime.i wish the journalist had expanded on this concept, because my ability to multi-task is both a talent and a curse, and i'd love to know more about the benefits and flaws of this approach... AND why it's a myth.