UPDATE: Polls closed on 27 October 2011.
Recent studies indicate that multitasking – doing more than one task at once – is not all that it was once cracked up to be.
From an article titled “The Myth of Multitasking”
Dr. Edward Hallowell, a Massachusetts-based psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and has written a book with the self-explanatory title ‘CrazyBusy,’ has been offering therapies to combat extreme multitasking for years; in his book he calls multitasking a “mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously.”
In a 2005 article, he described a new condition, “Attention Deficit Trait,” which he claims is rampant in the business world.
I must sheepishly admit that I do free buzzing on my daily commute and sometimes do mouthpiece buzzing while checking email. On long car trips, mouthpiece buzzing helps to pass the time and it gives me some practice that I might not otherwise get.
It is a matter of some necessity since I have a day job and my window for practice time is limited. While not ideal, it suits a purpose.
An informal poll
To see what Horn Matters readers think on this general topic, here is an informal, three-part straw poll. The questions are:
- Do you engage in other activities while playing on the mouthpiece?
- What is the typical ‘second task’?
- Do you feel that multitasking detracts from your mouthpiece practice?
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(These polls are now closed. The final results are on display.)