What is multitasking? Is it beneficial or harmful? Apparently, it is a process in mind to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. From educational perspective, the issue is to define the attitude towards this notion and the way it is assessed in educational systems. How it comes into practices in contemporary life?
It can be explained as a habit that people have in their daily tasks. It implies what issues are more important to deliberately or unconsciously pay attention and what is ignored. Since multitasking is a process that is analyzed in mind, it depends on personalities and mental practices. People are addicted to some habits such as texting while driving, watching TV while talking on the phone, studying while listening to music. In each case of multitasking, we engage some parts of our brain to focus on several tasks and break it off after a time period. Is it waste of mind or addiction to habits. There should be healthy behavior associated with it if we empower our minds to construct knowledge and think of it as a mental discipline.
It is a common sense in our daily activities but educational multitasking includes other perspectives. It gives insights to the practices that are given for granted and are encouraged to be amplified. Learners are moved through these practices and absorbed to and distracted from them.There are different metaphors for multitasking as it is viewed from different perspectives in each task. Learners are supposed to engage with the content and be distracted while they are trying to maintain their connection. It shows personal abilities to have control over mental activities; how learners are navigated between different tasks to learn how to think and how to be engaged with the tasks. If they are deepening into unnecessary issues, they lose their focus and become mentally distracted in various tasks. So, it can be organized to adapt students’ minds in analyzing information as they are receiving it and construct their minds to process practices.