Monday 5 December 2016

Multi-task? Not me. One thing at a time

John Masterson

Published 09/11/2015 | 02:30

Reading on holidays is a wonderful experience.
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Women are supposed to be wonderful at multi-tasking, but I am beginning to doubt it. I wonder is the human brain capable of multi-tasking at all. I watch my attention switch from one thing to another and the key thing seems to be one thing at a time.

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We all know that using the phone in the car is a great recipe for making an appointment with the Grim Reaper, and possibly taking a few innocent motorists or pedestrians with us. I did what the law requires and put Bluetooth in the car. The law does not allow you to touch the phone, but there is no need. I just say 'yes' or 'no' when the phone rings, and if I want to ring anyone I say their name and bingo, the phone obeys me. I have now got rid of the Bluetooth.

I am sure many of you have had the same experience as me. I am driving along the motorway heading home and the phone rings. I have a chat for a few minutes and then turn my full attention back to the road. And I have no idea where I am. On one occasion I missed my exit, but usually I am on automatic pilot enough to get that right. I am giving the appearance of multi-tasking but I am not doing it well, and if a dog or a child ran out in front of me, I am certain I would not react as fast as if I was not on the totally legal hands-free phone.

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