Multitasking


“Test Your Focus”
Test your focus and how fast you juggle tasks.


Pogue's Posts: “The Making of the Distracted Driving Video”
If you know of other resources on this topic, please contact us at nreditor@harvard.edu. New York Times technology columnist David Pogue offers a behind-the-scenes look at a video about apps the block your (or your child's/employee's) phone from texting while driving.



“Multitasking Across Generations” (3.8 MB PDF)
Larry Rosen, who researches multitasking among mini-generations, presents a pdf slideshow that displays his findings.



“Media Multitaskers Pay Mental Price, Stanford Study Shows”
Researcher Clifford Nass's study on multitasking shows that heavy media multitaskers are less able to ignore outside stimuli and are impaired in other ways.

“Multitasking Minds”
Clifford Nass and Marcel Just take part in a discussion on multitasking with NPR's "On Point."



“Is Multitasking Evil? Or Are Most of Us Illiterate?”
Howard Rheingold, author of "Smart Mobs," argues that a combination of mental discipline and technical skills may help people become smart and efficient media consumers.



“Maggie Jackson on the Erosion of Attention”
Maggie Jackson, author of "Distracted," discusses contemporary attention deficits and explores how inattention and distraction affect journalism.



“Yes, People Still Read, but Now It’s Social”
Writing in The New York Times, Steven Johnson questions the growing concern over the dangers of multitasking, and offers a rebuke of some points made in Nicholas Carr's “The Shallows.”