Numbers Don't Lie

Sunday, July 16, 2006

The origin of multi-tasking

People speak about 150 words/minute, but the average person can listen 400-500 words/minutes. This difference enable people to do some kind of multi-tasking (such as read while listening), although not many people are good at it.
Source: training manual from Creative Training Excellence Inc.



Blogger reno said...

Hello !

Greetings from Belgium !



3:00 PM

Blogger Sicilian said...

Hmmmmmmmm interesting thought. . . I wonder who is better at it. . . men or women.

7:46 PM

Blogger LDF said...

Thanks for the link to an interesting article. I have a busy job that often entails sending email and instant messages to people to help them through various technical problems. Often, a colleague will walk up to my desk with a new problem while I am typing a message related to something else.

I have a tendency to look at the person who walks up and listen to them and answer their question while continuing to type the email about an unrelated subject. I don't mean to be rude when I do it; it just lets me get a lot more done given the number of messages I must send and how many people visit my desk throughout the day. I wouldn't have thought that this was an unusual ability if it wasn't for people's reactions and now this article that you linked to.

10:48 PM

Blogger Yasser said...

and when they do do it, they annoy other people because they appear not to be listening to them.....

4:12 PM


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