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Multitasking on the dance floor

posted Jun 20, 2014, 6:03 PM by Sophia de Lautour   [ updated Jun 20, 2014, 6:03 PM ]
Sharing this article from the blog: Jantango
 on June 11, 2014...


Multitasking on the dance floor

'Multitasking is used to describe daily life today. Texting, voice mails, emails, tweets, and phone calls are grabbing everyone’s attention. The gadgets at hand have taken control of daily life.

Multitasking is a term invented for technology, but now people are trying multitasking. It seems that normal life today is about doing several things at once because there isn’t enough time. People are always on the go. Do more is their motto.

Researchers say that multitasking by humans is a myth. We aren’t as good as we think we are at doing several things at once. Technology allows people to do more tasks at the same time, but it’s a myth that humans can do several things simultaneously. We switch our attention from task to task very quickly. We simply can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. Try writing an email and talking on the phone at the same time — it’s impossible to focus on one while doing the other.


This brings me to people dancing tango on a crowded floor at a milonga while carrying on a conversation. They must believe they’re good at multitasking. They’re constantly switching between dancing and talking. They don’t give their full attention to the music or others around them. They’re dancing to have a conversation. They are oblivious when they bump or kick others.

The milonga is where we put aside all the distractions of life and focus on the present moment with a partner. No multitasking allowed.'
 
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