Multi-tasking again (that old chestnut)

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Delighted to read somewhat belatedly in The Independent that Humans cannot multitask – (even women) . I’ve suspected this for a long time – multitasking is a myth, and that the notion that women are better at multi-tasking than men, even more of a myth. I know men who are empathetic, and women who aren’t; women who fly helicopters, and men who are scared of the dark.

As someone has pointed out elsewhere, the term ‘multitasking’ is borrowed from computing – why should we believe in the existence of an attribute that is the result of a metaphor? As soon as you think of multitasking as ‘divided attention’, it’s suddenly not so cute.


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Jonathan Still, ballet pianist