I feel bad for multitaskers. Really, I do. I've been there. Tried to be one, anyway. Still there, sometimes. Closing the laptop just as I take a cell call and my desktop computer chimes to announce another email.
I just don't think its very effective. Sure, there might be some small sliver of the population that operates most effectively by using every tech gadget known to man, but I think that technology overuse probably makes most people irritable at best and anti-social at worst.
At the New York Times article "Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price," which reports on the consequences of overuse of technology, the picture of the husband and wife at the breakfast table, each absorbed in their own iPad, reminds me of the time I took a group picture of 5 or 6 family members on Christmas Day. Well, kind of a group picture. They were all sitting next to each other, several on the couch, one on each side in a flanking chair. But each barely noticed the others were there, for each person was staring intensely at the tiny screen of the handheld game he or she had pulled out of his or her stocking a few hours ago.
It was a posed shot, but we only got the idea because we came damn close to it without trying.