The High Cost of Multitasking [INFOGRAPHIC]
At any given point in time you can find people working on a project, texting, liking posts on Facebook and engaging in a dozen other things simultaneously. We live in an overly connected, overly stimulating world where doing one thing at a time just doesn’t cut it. Our lives are ripe with temptation, from our smartphones to our tablets to the great World Wide Web. People even check their cell phones an average of 150 times per day! So it might be hard, perhaps even life-changing, for people to accept that multitasking is counterproductive, costly and stress-inducing.
The effects of the many temptations in our lives are quite negative; they lower our productivity, efficiency and even our IQ. People who multitask experience a 40% drop in productivity and make 50% more errors. In addition, multitaskers take 50% longer to complete tasks and, if interrupted in the middle of a task, take 25 minutes to resume what they were doing. Even worse, heavy multitasking can temporarily lower your IQ by 15 points, which is three times greater than the effect that smoking cannabis has on people’s IQ.
Given the bustle of our everyday lives and the increasing emphasis on work output and efficiency, it comes to no surprise that people often multitask in the workplace. Ironically, multitasking to get all your work done is actually counterproductive and costly to your own effectiveness. 92% of people admit to multitasking frequently during work meetings, though. One cure to this problem is to conduct meetings over video. People are less likely to multitask while video conferencing, allowing them to add more to the conversation and facilitate decision-making.
In a global sense, multitasking has its impact as well. With so many people multitasking around the world, the global economy suffers a shocking loss of approximately $450 billion a year.
Will you think twice next time you multitask?