Daily Archives: April 24, 2012

What Every Parent Ought to Know about Multitasking

. . . it’s not a good habit for your kids.

 

In fact, it’s an awful idea.

In a series of studies on multitasking, Stanford University surveyed over 3400 girls between the ages of 8-12 who watched television while doing homework, while chatting on Facebook, while texting on the phone, while . . . well you get the idea.

What they found is these girls – who are at critical stages in learning social skills – were not getting enough practice at talking face-to-face, reading body language, and identifying verbal cues if they were enthusiastic multitaskers.

Dr. Cliff Nass said the chronic multitasking girls in the study showed  “. . . much worse social and emotional development.”

Pretty sobering, isn’t it?

Do you think there might be a happy balance between multitasking and focus? Or do you agree with Stanford’s findings?