Multitasking, contrary to popular belief, is becoming more and more of a problem in today's college classrooms. As the prevalence of personal technology becomes more obvious, so do the consequences associated with it. Traditionally, multitasking was simply defined as "the performance of multiple tasks at the same time" (Miriam-Webster Online). Through recent studies focusing on college students, multitasking has been redefined based on the capabilities of these personal technologies. In this article, the psychological and social impacts of multitasking are further explored to challenge the existing assumptions many people have about their ability to multitask. As a result of connecting previous research with our independent findings from UNC Chapel Hill, we conclude that, while technology is generally beneficial in the classroom, it poses risks that are too great to be ignored. Through proper education of students and professors, as well as continued research, the problems posed by multitasking can be avoided.
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