James Hamblin Discusses the Drawbacks of Internet Multi-Tasking

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Nov 27, 2014
References: youtube & buzzfeed
Charming YouTuber James Hamblin discusses Internet multi-tasking in a hilarious new video.

When was the last time you can remember doing one thing, and one thing only? When it comes to the Internet, the possibilities are endless. Web surfers have the option of keeping multiple tabs open, from their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter) to their work e-mail and projects. Needless to say, using the Internet can be a bit like falling into a rabbit hole. There is no conceivable end to the rabbit hole, and you don't get much done as you descend deeper and deeper into it.

Basically, that was a complicated metaphor for the fact that multi-tasking could actually be inhibiting our productivity. Sounds counter-intuitive, I know, but Hamblin suggests that we join him on his latest endeavor, 'Tabless Thursday,' in which only one tab can be open at a time. This way, Hamblin notes, users have to make a "value judgement" when deciding if an activity or web page is worth their while. Single-tasking may very well be the new multi-tasking!