All types of multitasking are not created equal. Doing two visual tasks at once—like writing an essay while IMing or texting while driving—is worse than doing a visual and an audio task at the same time. The twist? People doing two visual tasks think they’re performing better, not worse.
In addition to the danger, multitasking is a bummer for learning. To increase your ability to learn new information, shut your instant browser, turn off your phone and give yourself the space to concentrate. You’ll be able to produce more beautiful results in whatever you’re doing!