Safety Officials Point to Distractions as Major Cause of Motor Vehicle Accidents
It’s all just part and parcel to our ever-increasingly busy lives. We try to cram as much as we can into every minute. We’ve sold ourselves on the idea that we can effectively multi-task—we listen to books on tape while we exercise, we watch the evening news while making dinner, and we engage in a whole host of activities while we’re driving, including texting, phoning, surfing, eating, drinking and even applying makeup. But here’s what science is increasingly demonstrating—our brains are not designed to multitask. According to most studies, about 2% of people actually have the ability to effectively pay attention to more than one task at a time. In fact, some studies even suggest that multitasking can lead to brain damage.