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Ever checked to see if your student is doing their homework only to find them listening to music, chatting on their phone, checking their social media sites and doing their homework at the same time? Multitasking is the new reality that most teens have grown up with, but does it mean that they are doing a number of tasks badly or are they actually being more efficient? The answer to this question depends largely on the individual learner and the kind of tasks they are performing.
November 25, report. Medical Xpress —A small team of researchers with University College London has conducted a study using volunteers that yielded results that indicated that teen girls are not as good at multitasking as adult women. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Sciencethe team describes their study and results and why they believe that what they found might apply to parents, children and educators.
Media use has been on the rise in adolescents overall, and in particular, the amount of media multitasking—multiple media consumed simultaneously, such as having a text message conversation while watching TV—has been increasing. In adults, heavy media multitasking has been linked with poorer performance on a number of laboratory measures of cognition, but no relationship has yet been established between media-multitasking behavior and real-world outcomes. Examining individual differences across a group of adolescents, we found that more frequent media multitasking in daily life was associated with poorer performance on statewide standardized achievement tests of math and English in the classroom, poorer performance on behavioral measures of executive function working memory capacity in the laboratory, and traits of greater impulsivity and lesser growth mindset.
Maybe you have the news or a game on the TV in the background, and your phone is by your side as you wait for an important text. Perhaps you just stopped reading for a second to reply to an email and then popped into a new tab to post on social media. Now your Fitbit dinged to remind you to hit your steps for the day.
Jon Hamilton. Research shows that when we try to do more at once, performance suffers. Doing several things at once can feel so productive.
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