Are We Really Able to Multitask?
01 Mar, 2013
by Ken Whitman, Publisher
The majority of states have, in their wisdom, determined that texting while driving isn’t in anybody’s best interests, and an increasing number also don’t allow drivers to use hand-held cell phones. But I’m not writing about iPhones or traffic accidents—I’m writing about attention.
The term multitasking was introduced by IBM back in 1965. In the computer world, if you have more than one task to do on a computer with a single microprocessor, you end up time-sharing. The processor takes turns addressing each job until they’re all done. If you have what’s called a multi-core computer with two or more central processing units, then each CPU can perform separate tasks simultaneously. That’s true multitasking.