That one time I wrote about Miley Cyrus’ art collection for Jeremy Scott.
While most of us like to believe we’re accomplished multitaskers who can watch TV, tweet, text, and make an omelette all while producing great work, science is always trying to tell us we’re actually underperforming. (Why do we keep inviting Science to the party again?)
Well, two brilliant teenagers in Portland, Oregon, have a research paper that might help put arguments against multitasking to rest. Sarayu Caulfield and Alexandra Ulmer surveyed 403 high-school students and found that some teenagers, about 15 percent of subjects, perform better while working with distraction — e.g., listening to music, texting, tweeting, or emailing — than they do while focusing on a single activity, reports The Wall Street Journal."