@TheOnlyRick &@Matt 21 &@Simon Banyard
TheOnlyRick asks: "So you're saying that *only* multitaskers are good at all those skills/tasks?"
Yes. If you are not a multitasker, you *might* be able to play the roll at any of those tasks, but you will never be any good at it. As an example, a unitasker might be able to make himself a bacon sarnie, but can she provide an acceptable eight course meal for 16 people out of a typical home kitchen? Run the flat-top at the local dinner during the breakfast shift? Play the roll of Chef de Cuisine (or even sous-chef!) at the Hotel St. George in Harrogate during conference season?
Matt 21 comments: "Most of the things you list can be done more effectively by concentrating. So while I agree the researches probably need to get out more I don't think you've proved your point."
See my cooking comment, above. Likewise, there is a BIG difference between standing up to your arse in a trout stream and single-handing a commercial salmon boat.
Simon Banyard contributes: "See, academics do have their uses."
I never said they didn't ... I received more than my share of research money when I was at Uni. I'm just pointing out that these particular researchers seem to have approached the problem from an orthogonal direction to the reality of the real world. Wasting time twittering whilst watching MTV, updating your facebook, reading/replying on ElReg and playing online games is NOT a useful use of time, nor is it useful multitasking. This is obvious, and hardly deserving of research.