Multitasking Is Not a Skill, It’s a Liability

If you’re checking e-mail or sending a text message while reading this, be warned: Your brain might be falling behind. The authors of this study find that people who try to juggle several tasks or forms of media at once are unable to ignore irrelevant information and are slower to switch from one activity to another than people who focus on one task at a time. In short, they conclude, multitaskers aren’t functioning as well as they could be.