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Topics: Ethics
“The Ethics of Multitasking”
(How multitasking is effecting work ethic, privacy, and the lives of many people.)
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Phil Howard
BL 260

I. “The Ethics of Multitasking,” By Bruce Weinstein was published on September 4, 2009 by Bloomberg Businessweek Companies & Industries.
II. This article written by Bruce Weinstein, talks about the relationship of Ethics to multitasking and how Multitasking negatively effects a person. At the beginning of the article, Weinstein talks about how multitasking wasn’t always a ethical problem. Before the days of advanced computer technology and smartphones, multitasking wasn’t a common issue. The problems with cell phones and other media devices is that not only can you call or text someone, smartphones can do just about anything that a computer can. Now instead of just worrying about calling someone back, we can call, text, email, or skype them, while listening to music. The ethical issue with this is that all of our attention isn’t being focused on one task at a time. Therefore, making it difficult to complete task to the best of our abilities. Next, Weinstein talks about why multitasking is unethical. Weinstein discusses how a new study showed that people who were multitasking while trying to complete a certain activity were less likely to complete the activity well. Weinstein also makes a point that not only is multitasking behind a desk unproductive, but multitasking can also be a killer. A multitasker behind the wheel of car is 23 times more likely to get in a crash than someone who is not texting and driving. Weinstein also gave an example of how multitasking effects work ethic by giving an example of a frustracted brank executive. This particular bank executive would get frustrated with her manager when in meetings because questions would have to be repeated multiple times all because the manager was trying to do too many things at once. Weinstein makes a good point, in that, a

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