In “Multitasking Can Make You Lose

In “Multitasking Can Make You Lose… Um… Focus,” Alina Tugend, a columnist for the New York Times, reveals how the action of multitasking can actually make us less productive. The author supports the main idea by using scientific research that show how switching between multiple tasks can lead to higher levels of stress and tension. Although many have come to accept and believe that multitasking is simply saving time, the reality is that our minds are really only able to prioritize one or two things in a given setting. This misleading factor stems from the illusion that individuals are capable of dividing up their attention in order to complete various tasks.
According to Tugend, society has become accustomed to the use of multitasking to the point that we use it in our everyday lives without question (725). It has become a force of habit that many people rely on as a means to make the accomplishment of assignments and responsibilities more engaging and quicker to get done. The author enlightens her audience by stating how multitasking isn’t beneficial because doing more than one activity at a given time can result in the increase of tension, anxiety, and decrease in our amount of focus (Tugend 725). As a way to counteract the downsides of multitasking, Tugend concludes her article with a solution that she hopes can benefit readers by encouraging them to be efficient at focusing on one task at a time.