2021.11.27 (토)

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Stop multitasking...Right NOW!

Secrets about brain science; tips to make you smarter

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       When we start studying, we become vampires.
As the senses become 300 times more sensitive, the amount of discomfort increases exponentially.
Not only that. We are curious about the video that we were never curious of, and we want to check the message that is coming. Eventually we get our hands on our phones again. This transition from vampire to human takes 3 to 11 minutes, on average. Which means, people's 'concentration' can't last even 20minutes when there is temptations.


And this horrible transition that ruins our day has a familiar name; multitasking.

     First of all, what is multitasking? There are two types of multitasking. The first is doing two things at the same time. An example is writing while listening to a song. The second is to do two things in a chain. It's like texting with friends while doing homework, then falling asleep and returning to homework. Then some might question, we do the things always in chain! That does that mean we are doing multitasking for our whole life? Well, to answer the question, we should say... going to other things without doing something 'done'. So if you ended your homework, you can go for a game, and that is SURELY not multitasking. 


     Until now, multitasking has been believed to be effective for people. This is because it was believed that each action synergized with each other. You've probably heard of things like, listening to upbeat music makes you better at writing positive things. However, brain science vehemently denies this. To see why, let's split the brain a little more.

 

   The brain is divided into a reflex brain, a thinking brain, and a storage brain. The reflex brain focuses only here and now. If I eat bread, all I know is that I eat bread. The thinking brain goes further than that. I worry about things like whether the bread is delicious or where I bought it. The storage brain stores all thoughts made by the reflex brain and the thinking brain. 


     The problem here is that the thinking brain can only do one thing at a time. What this means is that the thinking brain first thinks about whether the bread is actually delicious, transfers the information to the storage brain, and then starts thinking about the ingredients of the bread again. Even when you memorize words while listening to a song, the thinking brain loads information into the storage brain while listening to the song, and then comes back to memorize the words and load the information... and repeat this process countless times. In this process, the concentration has already been blown away. The problem is that, even if you try to catch the lost concentration and drag it back, it will take 25 minutes. What's even funnier is that 40% don't even come back to the original assignment.

 

 

      However, there are those who object to this. Even if the brain is tired, it is said that once the results come out well, isn't it? However, it is just your illusion that the result turned out well. Interrupted concentration and flow, the destruction of creativity, and an increase in the stress index are constantly occurring in the process of multitasking while moving information in the middle. Information has already been lost...
          

   Emily Dickens put it this way: “The brain can absorb anything; like a sponge.” However, if we only read cheap and rich information without using our brains, thoughts will become rare. I think we should remember these words of Einstein. It's not that I'm smarter, it's that I've been thinking longer than you. Those who call you geniuses aren't just being smarter in the first place, they're thinking when you're constantly multitasking because of temptation. Use your brain.