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Aug 19 2013   5:48PM GMT

Multitasking, errors and irony

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore


Which is correct?

interrobang a. Our brains, are not built for multitasking.
b. Our brains are not built for multitasking. 

Answer: b, of course.


This is another error straight out of the pages of the Globe and Mail — sorry, G&M, but you are my national newspaper and I read you.

The sentence comes from Six ways to tame your stressed-out brain by Eileen Chadnick.  Here’s that part of the article:

Our brains crave focus. But we work against this by trying to multitask. Our brains, are not built for multitasking. Instead, the brain simply toggles from one task to another. This constant switching is a major energy drain and a first-class ticket to feeling frazzled. Break your priorities into chunks and focus on one task at a time.

Good points but it’s kind of funny that it’s about multitasking. Because you have to wonder if the writer was fully focused on her task.

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