Study: Senior Citizens Stink at Multitasking

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newegg911

How come everytime there is a scientific article, the right wing trolls come out and complain about "liberal acedemics" and "common sense". 

 

First of all, "common sense" has no place in science. Real science is based on facts and proof, not assumptions and anecdotes. Look up quantum mechanics if you don't believe me. It doesn't make sense in an everyday rational kind of way, but it's the most proven set of theories in science and you probably wouldn't be using your computer right now if we didn't understand it.

 

Secondly, unless you have factual evidence of where the funding for this study came from STFU. Don't just assume it was tax dollars unless you can back that up.

 

Look, a deeper understaning of the aging brain can lead to new drugs and other treatments that offer the elderly of better quality of life. While the results are "common sense", if we didn't do studies like this we would never understand the mechanisms behind it. This wasn't just some questionaire or something like that, it has hard data using advanced imaging technology on specific sites in the brain. I admit the tone of the article was overly negative, but read the damn research before you start to tear it apart.

 

Damn, what's up with this anti acedemic right wing garbage lately? If these people always had their way we would still be living in the stone age. It's like everytime someone does anything intelligent, they assume its some kind of intellectual masturbation.

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ShyLinuxGuy

Old people may be based on MS-DOS...

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T8RG8R

Multi WHAT?

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alabasterdragon

Only a bunch of liberals at a California University would ever need to do such a study in the first place. Any normally intelligent person would have simply known this as a fact to start with.

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Caboose

*facepalm*

Way to troll!

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deadsenator

What ever happened to focusing on a task?  What ever happened to deep thinking?  What about thinking things through and contemplating something other than superficial tweets and IM conversations.  Are these not important skills any longer?

Go watch Frontline documentary called "Digital Nation" on PBS.  It does a much deeper analysis of this subject than can be treated here.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/

 

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Nickompoop

What!  Old people suck at multitasking??  That's shocking and totally the opposite of what I thought the truth was!  What's next, that old people are slow drivers?  Maybe (now this is a stretch) they could test to see if you gain wrinkles as you age!  Or if most people die when they're old!  Wow, this study opens up a whole frontier of new knowledge just waiting to be found!

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aarcane

Aaand you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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r6srider

Wow, it took a study to figure out that the older you get, the harder it is for your brain to function?  They could have just asked pretty much anybody.  It has nothing to do with what "generation" you are, it has to do with the fact that your brain is X amount of years old, your health, your nutrition, and a few other dozen factors.  I accept the fact that when I become a senior citizen I too will probably not be as sharp as I when I was 20. It's called aging.  These scientists need something better to do with their time and tax payers money. Whats next, a test to see if men would rather get kicked in the nuts or get $100? What groundbreaking research, idiots.

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nealtse

The quality of your tasks isn't necessarily equivalent to how many of them you're doing.  Multi tasking became one of those corporate training buzzwords that has taken root in our cultural set of values.  It's vastly overvalued and tries to make people feel guilty about doing one thing well.

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nHeroGo

A new study show that old people are capable of spelling words listed in dictionaries and have curious face-to-face conversations using words (other than wow, cool, awesome, and epic) and showed great ability to speak in complete sentences. And they have both the motor-skills and ambition to mend things that break using glue or nails.

Other tests shows that old people are capable of following written directions as a direct result of superior attention-span, and able to cooking food using ingredients that does not come with microwave-oven cooking-directions. Old people can also wash dishes, bringing out garbage, and fold laundry, including using an iron, a list of impossible tasks for the younger generation.

Further, the study showed that old people lived full hard-working lives that made a difference to this world. Young people can tweet and watch Jersey Shores much better than old people, and outperformed the pensioners in our renowned chewing gum test due to the lack of dentures. The pensioners failed our sleeping-in-past 10:30AM test. The oldies also failed our making-a-mess test and did not make nearly as much noise and completely failed to disturb the peace.

The older generation proved to be less egoistic and self-centered, a spin-off of the vanity test, which they failed. On the other hand, old people kept talking about the weather because they have experienced weather outside the indoors, but they did complain over mild aches they have accumulated over 8 decades of hard work without any padding or helmets or safety equipments while breathing asbestos, living in a world where medical doctors prescribed smoking 2 packs per day to clear out the old pipes. Doctors only had to prescribe Clearasil, and every conceivable vaccine and allergy meds due to a processed antibiotic-based diet.

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AbeFromanTSKOC

Do they suck at multi tasking because they are old and the brain doesn't fire on all cylinders anymore? Or is it because they grew up in a simpler time and haven't ever been able to adapt to the fast pace world we live in?

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Neufeldt2002

Only the human brain can multitask, people can not. I say your brain because of the life saving functions that it performs, however there is no proof that a person can multitask. Your attention is divided between jobs and you focus only on the job at hand, even if for only the smallest amount of time. Anyone who says that they can multitask, ie. do more than one job at a time, lies. I am not talking about chewing gum and walking. Try building a computer and writing an essay, can't do it. Talking on the phone and watching TV? you end up jumping between the two. The article itself is a no brainer, gee, young people have better memories than old? who would have thought that, especially as one gets closer to 80 when the human body starts to shut down.

Please make publish to facebook opt-in, not opt-out.

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Caboose

Humans can be trained to multitask in the sense that you are referring to. The biggest exampe of this are fighter pilots.

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Neufeldt2002

 

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vistageek

Are humans running iOS?

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aaronj2906

A Win95 DOS box, where there is no Win32 protection, and the processor affinity must be manually applied before work is done. Multiple DOS boxes can be open, each separate from each other; they cannot share data, and are prone to crashes.

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praetor_alpha

Worse. Windows 95. Slow, not upgradable, and crashes all the time.

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Purpleheezy

Nah, even humans can multitask better than that.

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