Major(s)

Sociology

Minor(s)

Psychology, Spanish

Mentor Name

Dr. Mary E. Campbell, PhD

Mentor Department

Sociology

Presentation Date

March 2010

Abstract

Polychronicity, or the preference for doing more than one thing at a time, has become a prominent aspect of contemporary life since the advent of technological advancement. Related temporal phenomena, most notably media-multitasking, are largely unstudied and misunderstood. This research explains considerable differences both inter- and intra-generationally on a multitude of personality and social variables. Results of this study demonstrate those with fewer social limitations (i.e. those living alone or with less social responsibility) are more likely to multitask. Those who spent more hours on the internet, playing video games, and listening to music also showed significant relations with elevated multitasking.

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Copyright © 2010 Brandon L Kramer

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Polychronic Technology Usage: Understanding Intra/Intergenerational Variation of Multitasking in Diverse Groups

Polychronicity, or the preference for doing more than one thing at a time, has become a prominent aspect of contemporary life since the advent of technological advancement. Related temporal phenomena, most notably media-multitasking, are largely unstudied and misunderstood. This research explains considerable differences both inter- and intra-generationally on a multitude of personality and social variables. Results of this study demonstrate those with fewer social limitations (i.e. those living alone or with less social responsibility) are more likely to multitask. Those who spent more hours on the internet, playing video games, and listening to music also showed significant relations with elevated multitasking.