Why Multitasking Is Detrimental to Your Brain and Prospects

As a working writer, I know that I produce my best work when I have uninterrupted stretches of time. Writing well requires intense focus and a clear head. Like everyone else I sometimes fall prey to the lure of social media, but this article reaffirms the need to mono-task, not multi-task.

Most teens swear by multitasking, but don't listen to them. In every essay coaching session I do, I get on my soap box about the dangers of multitasking, because it's nearly impossible to write well unless you are mono-tasking. I strongly advise all my students to dive into their work without any distractions for 45 minutes each hour and then take a 15 minute "tech" break to catch up on social media, get a snack, or just walk around. At least experiment with this and see how much more effective you are, I tell them. Several students have told me they're "amazed" by how much more efficient they are when they do their work without any distractions.

This is a great article to share with teens, because the evidence is clear. Multitasking isn't good for your brain, your grades, or your future employment.