Multitasking in the Internet Age Combining your own ideas with those from an outside source.

MINIMUM of FIVE full double-spaced typed pages (not 4-1/2, 3-3/4, etc.). The fifth page must be a full page. 

Your APA formatted cover page is not included in the page count (so it would be a sixth page). Short papers will be downgraded. 

To write this formal essay, you must first read the following: How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking” by Peter Bregman “In Defense of Multitasking” by David Silverman

 Your assignment You will answer the following prompt (also called “research question”) below: Your main research question is this: How does multitasking affect student success? 

Basically, you will be arguing for or against multitasking. You will need to write about your own experiences and/or the experiences of other students, and use Bregman and/or Silverman as sources.

 In addition, you must use at least one additional, outside source that is reliable. (I will explain more about finding reliable sources in class.) 

Here are some related questions to consider: What is multitasking? Are there different forms of multitasking? Do all forms of multitasking have a negative (or positive) impact? Are some forms of multitasking more detrimental (or beneficial) than others? Is the nature of the Internet such that it is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid multitasking while working on a computer? Does Internet use have a (positive or negative) impact on our brains and the way we process information? Why do students multitask? Are they trying to save time, or postpone difficult work or decisions? Are students losing their ability to focus? Do students who multitask do better or worse on homework assignments and their overall grades? Is it possible to stop multitasking? Is it necessary?

In your essay, you must include the following: • Paraphrases and quotes from either Bregman or Silverman. • Paraphrases and quotes from an interview with at least one other Woodbury student. You should change the names of the other students you interview to ensure their privacy. • Paraphrases and quotes from at least one additional, reliable, outside source.

 

 

You should have between 5 to 10 quotes in your essay; no quote can be longer than three lines. Make sure you paraphrase and quote the following:

o Bregman or Silverman 

o The student(s) you interview 

o The reliable source(s) you choose Your essay should use APA formatting, but you do not need APA citations.

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