My colleagues in the psychology department drew my attention to some interesting research, which proves that Buddhists and couch potatoes were right all along - the world would be a better place if everyone tried to do just one thing at a time.
In a society that encourages more and more multitasking, researchers at Stanford University had assumed that people who do a lot of multitasking would be better at it.
"But they're not. They're worse. They're much worse," said Clifford Nass, a professor at Stanford. "They couldn't ignore stuff that doesn't matter. They love stuff that doesn't matter," he said.
So perhaps the multitaskers can take in the information and organize it better? But no. "They are worse at that, too," Nass said.
Finally, they tested ability to switch from one task to another. The high multitaskers actually took longer to make the switch from one task to the other.
So, all those young people who multitask more are worse at everything, even at multi-tasking. Another reason for old people (not me) to feel smug.