‘Why Smart People Don’t Multitask’


The spouse and I don’t use smart phones or mobile devices. We have a dedicated cell phone each. That’s it. Although the spouse has been involved in the design of these systems for a long time; he, like myself, considers mobile devices to be toys for the distracted. White noise.

When I’m out and about, I’m away from my email. Nobody can text me. I don’t text (although it’s useful, I am told, in an emergency because the signal is available). You have to want to engage with something.

I have no interest in acquiring a mobile operating system. (Of course I use a cell phone, a computer, etc.) However, it’s hard to explain to people that you’re uninterested in staring at,  fixating on, of fiddling with a small device that yields little useful data.

Now it looks like those who cut out superfluous noise might not be as deficient as I feared:

“Why Smart People Don’t Multitask.”