I am confident that no Thanksgiving dinner was ever prepared without the main cook of the house multi-tasking. Lots of pots with wooden spoons (our dinner guests have no idea that the lady of the house has been spanked bare butt with all of them) in them simmering on the stove, an apple pie in the oven while you're putting the ingredients together for the pumpkin pies. One person doing all this is task-switching very quickly, which is a form of multi-tasking. The brain cannot actually do two things at the same time. What is happening when we multi-task is that our brains are jumping back and forth extremely fast from one thing then back to the other so it makes it seem like we're doing two things at once. We're not, but, it still looks and feels like we are, doesn't it?!
In one 2009 study, Stanford University researcher Clifford Nass found that people who were considered heavy multitaskers were actually worse at sorting out relevant information from irrelevant details. The study revealed that even when these chronic multitaskers were focusing on just a single task, their brains were less effective and efficient. Source Interestingly, the more we multi-task, the shorter our attention span grows even when we're not multi-tasking. Isn't that crazy?!! That's not good news! However, Nass says that current evidence suggests that people who stop multi-tasking will be able to perform better. Whew!
What's this got to do with TTWD, Windy? Well, it's our HOH's who have to step in to help us focus on the task at hand when we space out, try to do too many things at once and get frazzled and crabby. Or they make us pay for the fact that we were distracted by too many things and forgot to do something that is required or asked of us. Such things as forgetting to take one's medication, or forgetting something clearly written on the grocery list....... eggs, perhaps? (we know who you are because you told us! Scrambled Me. ) <<grin>>
Also....... perhaps we should be thankful that our husbands switch hands when they're spanking our bottoms and they switch from one cheek to the other. Hey, the break is minimal, but it's still a pause! Tonight, Storm was spanking away with one hand on one cheek, then switched cheeks, and then he started spanking me with both hands at the same time! I started laughing...... and coughing...... He said he was giving it to me half price. Two for one deal. I did not feel special and I do not like him dual-tasking like that! Well at least he doesn't have 6 fingers on each hand... more surface area!
Okay, so I know some of you who love to do more than one thing at a time swear that you think you can really get a lot accomplished this way........ and for you multi-tasking All Stars, I have found this:
Researcher Strayer says that there is a tiny but persistent subset of the population—about two per cent—whose performance does not deteriorate, and can even improve, when multiple demands are placed on their attention. You are either born with the neural architecture that allows you to overcome the usual multitasking challenges, or you aren’t. .Supertasker brains become less, not more, active with additional tasks: they are functioning more efficiently. How about that? Source
I am left with one question though that was not answered in any research that I found and that is this: Within our little subset of the ttwd online world, are you gals/guys who multi-task getting spanked more often or less often than those of us who feel that we can only concentrate on only one thing at a time?
P.S. I won't throw any statistics at you for this one, but trust me that the numbers support the fact that nobody should be multi-tasking while driving.