There is an interesting article over at McKinsey on information overload. But it also talked about the consequences of multitasking.
My sense is that multitasking doesn’t seem to be something one can learn to get better at … there are some cognitive limitations. Perhaps people become more tolerant about it, or perhaps–and perhaps more likely–people who do a lot of multitasking naturally avoid the type of activities that aren’t amenable to multitasking. In other words, the channel themselves down routes where the negative consequences of multitasking are less important. For example, if multitasking inhibits creativity, is there a tenancy for those who multitask to avoid activities where creativity is important?
I wonder what is the evidence.