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In the business world, we tend to admire executives who excel at “multitasking”: doing more than one thing simultaneously without losing concentration on any of the tasks at hand. So reports the Daily Mail.

This was true before technological developments, in the form of smart phones, tablets and laptop computers, turned multitasking from an art form to a fact of life for many of us – and not just in the corporate arena but in our homes, schools, shopping malls; virtually everywhere.

Now a new study released by a British university suggests that using more than one media device at a time – even if it’s just checking our e-mail while watching TV – may actually be reducing the amount of so-called “gray matter,” the portion of the brain that processes information, in a key area of our brains.

In other words, multi-tasking may actually not be expanding our minds, but making them smaller. The study is not the first to set off alarm bells about multitasking, especially in school-age children. It also acknowledges a possible link between the brains of individuals with less gray matter and a heightened desire to use multiple gadgets. In any case, it’s food for thought.

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