Chapter 4 On Divided Consciousness Of Psychology : Concepts And Applications

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Before this experiment and reading the part of chapter 4 on divided consciousness of “Essentials of Psychology: Concepts and Applications,” written by Jeffrey Neved. I had not given much thought to multi-tasking. Of course, it is a part of my everyday life as much as it is anyone else’s, but I had never really considered just how much it affected me and the people around me.
Prior to taking the experiment on page 139, I took the liberty of writing down a few of my thoughts on multi-tasking. I wrote, “I believe I am a pretty decent multi-tasker. While studying, I frequently check texts and I can go back and forth between social media and a book. However, I do recognize that I would be a more efficient studier if I were to limit distractions. Therefore, my saying I am an above average multi-tasker is a relative statement.”
While considering what to write on multi-tasking, my thoughts changed somewhat. Yes, I knew texting and driving was a poor decision. Yes, I knew studying would be more efficient if I was not checking my phone. Yes, it would undoubtedly be beneficial to change my study and driving habits. What did I fail to consider? The statistics on these habits that form my day. The direct evidence of the effect multi-tasking has on me. More than 3,000 people in the United States alone lose their lives because of an accident involving distracted driving, and more than 400,000 are injured in motor vehicle crashes (Nevid, 2015, pg 138). Because I am not a regular…

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