Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Slow down, brave Multitasker:
The New York Times recently published an article on multitasking, (“Slow down, brave Multitasker”, March 25). The article features pictures of clueless people using PDAs or music players while crossing streets and bicycling. The point of the article is that people are much worse at multitasking tha we like to think, maybe it should be disouraged. I found myself musing, “It's a pity the NYT doesn't believe in evolution.” Now let's face it: multitasking is a necessary skill in modern civilization. Studies show most people can't do it? Then encourage it! After a while, the only people left standing will be those who really can multitask. I'm talking survival of the fittest here, natural selection. Let's get it done.