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I came across an intriguing blog post from How to Get Focused that says according to science, we can really only do ONE thing at a time when we truly need to focus. I totally relate - like right now, I have my Kindle open to a book, I'm eating lunch and I have exactly 8 browsers open (including an email partially written). But that's usually just when I'm doing "busy work" kinds of tasks. When I really need to focus on something, I clear my desk and focus on that one thing. (planning engaging, thoughtful lessons or writing a book review, etc.)
Kids, however, are so used to doing multiple tasks at a time, it makes me wonder if it's going to be harder and harder for this next generation to turn the concentration on when needed. Are so many kids truly ADHD, or is it more likely they've become accustomed to multiple stimulation? Is the multi-tasking environment hampering the ability to truly focus? Do we think kids are more creative in this environment or less creative?
So my question is, just because we multi-task, should we?