The image I have taken for this illustration is a common sight at my workspace – multiple devices. At home, I often work with my computer, as well as my iPad and iPhone close by. Sometimes I’ll be streaming a show as I edit pictures, or listening to music. Where I work on campus, I have even more screens surrounding me. When I edit pictures at work, I have two 27” monitors and a Wacom tablet with its own screen to work on. Then, next to all of this tech, I have my phone.
The point I’m illustrating through all of this is Weinschenk’s thoughts on “People Can’t Actually Multitask.” During the reading, Weinschenk notes that we aren’t actually able to fully multitask. Though we’re able to switch quickly between tasks, the two cannot occur simultaneously. My photograph helps to display this principle by showing that we are constantly using multiple devices. I have even read that this is often a trouble for advertisers: even though a TV commercial may be playing before our favorite show, a fair portion of the audience is likely looking at another digital device. We’re constantly distracted by the technology around us – often making it difficult (or impossible, according to Weinschenk) to focus on two tasks at one time.