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May 22nd, 2014

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  • Wed, 17:46: Son-in-law Vince came over and fixed a plumbing crisis (like there's any plumbing in my house that's *not* a crisis). #maintenance
  • Thu, 07:39: RT @XplodingUnicorn: If knowledge is power, how come I can’t use trivia questions to charge my iPhone?

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Don’t Text And Read This

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK


            At work the other day, while taking a 911 call, calling a police unit on the radio, checking an address on a map, and following an approaching storm system on a TV screen, I remembered an article I read recently:

            That multitaskers pay a mental price.

            Which explains a lot.

            So when I got off work I did some web searching about multitasking, which is easy to do on my new iPhone while cooking breakfast, talking to friends on the same phone, and watching the morning news.

            The Stanford study focuses specifically on media multitaskers, but it turns out their results apply to pretty much everyone. We’ve all familiar with media multitaskers, of course. You’ve probably seen videos of people just walking while texting, resulting in the imprints of their foreheads on glass doors, or a fall into a fountain. You might have been about to call in a drunk driver when you suddenly realized the driver was texting, or possibly updating his Twitter to complain about the idiot driver swerving in front of him – who’s busy posting to his Facebook about the moron tailgating him.

           It doesn’t have to be high tech, though. One time I was following a lady who was swerving all over the road. When she pulled into a turn lane I got beside her and saw she was eating a Dairy Queen Blizzard. It looked delicious, by the way.Collapse )

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