By Eric Barker
March 24, 2015
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Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

First, the bad news: your brain was never designed to multitask well:

Across the board multitasking lowers productivity:

Neither gender is better at it:

But if multitasking doesn’t work, why do we do it so often? It makes us more emotionally satisfied, even if it makes us less productive:

So you’re probably going to keep doing it anyway. Is there any way to get the emotional boost and not have it reduce your productivity so much?

Yes. Playing video games might makes you a better multitasker:

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