I’m starting this post for at least the third time. After firing up the laptop to write, I went to check email. There I found some information I needed to go reply to a comment on one of the Facebook pages I manage. Then I ignored and confirmed some friendship requests, and checked the latest updates in my newsfeed.
But, wait, I’m supposed to be writing a post for my 30 day blogging challenge; so, I start clicking on all the different browser tabs I’ve left open to things I meant to come back to and read. I should find some topic ideas there. I read a couple and one looks like something good to share on Twitter. Which leads me to scroll though my Twitterfeed to see who else is on and what they’re tweeting.
Oh, yeah, that blog post. Wait, the evening news is on and I want to catch the weather. But first there’s some story on “vampire facelifts” – the one viewers apparently picked to watch by texting in their votes when presented with three potential stories earlier in the newscast.
Ok, so back to the browser tabs. Here’s something that looks interesting: “Multitasking Takes Toll on Memory, Study Finds.” But, it’s a New York Times story, will I be able to see it or is it paywalled? Looks like I can see it for now. It says:
Researchers said the key finding of the new study is that people between the ages of 60 and 80 have significantly more trouble remembering tasks after experiencing a brief interruption than do people in their 20s and 30s.
During the study, subjects were asked to look at a scene, then were interrupted for several seconds by an image of a person’s face. They were asked to identify the person’s gender and approximate age, and then returned to answer questions about the earlier scene. Older subjects found it much harder to disengage from the interruption and reestablish contact with the scene, the researchers found.
Oh, well. That’s just for people over 60 – I’m only 41. Sure it’s not 20 or 30, but still, right?
Crap. I missed the weather forecast. My husband has apparently switched the TV over to CNN and Anderson Cooper is talking about how stupid people are to pay Snookie to be Snookie – or just “show up and throw up” as he puts it. Can you believe Rutgers paid her $32,000 to speak there?! I better come up with something more intelligent than her to say in my blog post today.
Now, why did I open that new browser tab?