The Pedestrian Myth of Multi-Tasking

The Pedestrian Myth of Multi-Tasking

There’s a photo of me from years ago where I’m washing dishes and, with a bare foot in a bucket, washing clothes. I was back-packing in Europe and we were on a quick turn around with lots to accomplish in a short time. Through out my life I’ve tried to double and triple up on tasks. The theory was that, by doing so, I could create swaths of free-time. Ha!

The demands upon us these days are huge. We eat while texting while running to a yoga class that we’re fitting in before a movie. Weird, but we do it. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel like I’m winning this race. There is always too much to do the next day regardless of how fast you ran today. Neurology is now proving that the mind doesn’t really multi-task. You can do four things at once, you just won’t do them very well. Which is why pedestrians ought to reconsider the things we do while walking. There’s no guarantee that the pavement will be a perfect, uninterrupted ribbon beneath you, or that every driver on the street is well-rested, attentive and operating a vehicle in perfect condition. If we stopped to calculate the risks, every pedestrian and every driver would take being in motion more seriously.

The best we can do, however, is compensate. Don’t give someone operating 2,000 pounds of steel the benefit of the doubt. Save your multi-armed deity act for things like hand washing dishes while foot washing clothes and get home safely.

Be safe. Be Seen.


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