The Myth Of Multitasking

18:12 minutes

How long can you go without checking email or glancing at your smartphone? Clifford Nass, a psychology professor at Stanford University, says today’s nonstop multitasking actually wastes more time than it saves—and he says there’s evidence it may be killing our concentration and creativity, too.

Read more:

Support great science journalism!

Segment Guests

Clifford Nass

Clifford Nass is author of The Man Who Lied to His Laptop (Penguin Current, 2010) and communication professor at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.

Explore More

Uber, But For Scientists

The gig economy isn’t just for graphic designers and Uber drivers. Some scientists are forsaking academia—and not always by choice.

Read More