Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

July 2, 2011

Multi-Tasking Stress?


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

MULTI-TASKING STRESS?

     Mothers are expert at it.

     It should be on every one of their resumes: one of the qualities I bring to the workforce is multitasking.

     A baby on the hip, the telephone on speaker, an arm stirring the soup, and an awareness of the location and activities of three other children: that’s multi-tasking.

     Multi-tasking has become a mantra in today’s world. Everyone is expected to do it, but many persons are nowhere as skilled as a mother is.

     Now for the bad news. Dharma Singh Khalsa, a Tucson Arix physician who authored the book Brain Longevity, believes boomers are especially susceptible to age-associated memory loss because of brain overload created by what he calls “multi-tasking stress.” …”modern pressures and insecurities and the pace of technology…even if we are adapting to it all this is the stress that produces the cortisol overload that results in poor memory.” 

     Multi-tasking stress?

     I must admit that electronics use is very stressful. I recall that while learning to become sufficiently proficient at the computer to do my writing, develop xxx, and improve my photographs, many words came out of my mouth that never did so the multitasking required of motherhood—or even while learning to type or learning other skills. When I accessed a Gameboy and played a game on it, I could actually feel changes happening in my brain cells.

     I have long suspected that electronics affect the brain differently than old-fashioned stuff does. Perhaps there is something to Khalsa’s ideas.  

SOURCE

USA Weekend  May 16-18, 1997, pp 5

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