Hypertasking is inefficient?

By Susan Felt, The Arizona Republic

Hypertaskers. Chances are you are one or you know one. Fueled by workplace pressures, an expanding workweek and technogadgets that allow people to take their offices and homes anywhere they go, hypertasking is multitasking on speed.

The burgeoning number of wireless hot spots and popularity of handheld electronics that allow us to stay connected on the go may give us more freedom, but there’s a cost. Research shows that our brains aren’t equipped for this much activity. When we try to do more than even one simple task at a time, quality of work diminishes and tasks take longer to complete. When we try to do this for long periods, the result can be forgetfulness, sleeplessness, irritability and stress.

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