The biggest cost — assuming you don’t crash — is to your productivity. In part, that’s a simple consequence of splitting your attention, so that you’re partially engaged in multiple activities but rarely fully engaged in any one.
“how, in our hyper-connected lives, do we pull the plug on our hyper-connectivity, disconnect from our devices and reconnect with ourselves?”
“When people are out and they’re among other people they need to just put everything down,” he said. “It’s fine when you’re at home or at work when you’re distracted by things, but we need to give that respect to each other back.”
In New York, a bill is pending in the legislature’s transportation committee that would ban the use of mobile phones, iPods or other electronic devices while crossing streets — runners and other exercisers included. Legislation pending in Oregon would restrict bicyclists from using mobile phones and music players, and a Virginia bill would keep such riders from using a “hand-held communication device.”
I am not preaching from an ivory tower here folks. I am one of the struggling professionals who has found himself raked over the coals after crawling on glass after being stretched to the breaking point time and time again but what I am telling you is that I am not letting the enemy Multitasking dominate as much of my life and you can too.