Multitasking has become a fundamental skill in modern culture. But does it really equal greater productivity? This documentary explores how trying to perform a variety of tasks at the same time can affect both the brain and the economy.
Drawing on a range of disciplines – including neuroscience, occupational psychology, and sociology – the film reveals that the human brain is not designed to undertake multiple complex tasks simultaneously. The resulting stress can inflict significant damage on particular regions of the brain – and potentially the economy too. One study found that multitasking practices decreased turnover for companies by 25 percent.As companies continue to value multitasking as a key workplace skill, is there any way to escape the pressure vortex? This documentary offers vital insight into the impact of multitasking on our brains and our lives.