[E]vidence from psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience suggests that when students multitask while doing schoolwork, their learning is far spottier and shallower than if the work had their full attention. They understand and remember less, and they have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts. So detrimental is this practice that some researchers are proposing that a new prerequisite for academic and even professional success—the new marshmallow test of self-discipline—is the ability to resist a blinking inbox or a buzzing phone. ~Annie Murphy Paul
Annie Murphy Paul writes some great, thought-provoking blog posts on the subject of learning, education, and technology.
This issue doesn’t just apply to students – I’ve noticed the trend happening with colleagues. Multi-tasking does NOT improve productivity, creativity, or teamwork. Meetings now mandate no phones, no buzzing iThings, no digital distractions. Sadly, for some, behaviours during meetings then begin to look suspiciously like withdrawal angst.