Interesting Science: Does Media Multitasking Improve Multitasking?

In a recent study titled: “Media multitasking is associated with distractibility and increased prefrontal activity in adolescents and young adults.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27063068

This suggests that daily media multitasking is associated with behavioral distractibility and increased recruitment of brain areas involved in attentional and inhibitory control, and that media multitasking in everyday life does not translate to performance benefits in multitasking in laboratory settings.

Summary: Media multitasking does not translate into better multitasking; may decrease attention span and reduce inhibitory control.

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