I was driving to get coffee, big surprise, and I noticed the car in front of me swerving back and forth. I looked through the window and as I suspected the driver was on their phone. I slowed and gave them some room thinking to myself about people’s inability to focus on what they’re doing.
No matter what you may believe your brain does not multitask. According to a Picower professor of neuroscience at MIT, people can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves. And, he says the brain is very good at deluding itself.
We see this all the time in training. I will give a very specific set of experiment steps and as soon as I let people go to try it, I see them working on pretty much everything other than what I told them. The problem is that most weren’t listening to me when I gave the instructions. They were listening to themselves recap what they thought I was saying adding in all the other things they had in mind.
The ability to focus in a dangerous situation is the single most important factor in you getting home alive. If you want to train in the martial arts for protection, maybe you could practice by putting the phone down when you’re driving. Or if you are speaking to someone don’t check your messages at the same time, actually try to listen to them. Go for a walk without your phone. Practice paying attention with everyday events so you’re ready to pay attention to the dangerous ones.
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PS This being New England there was some car karma. As the guy in the car in front of me swerved to the side again he hit a massive pothole in the road that rocked his car and knocked the phone out of his hand. I thought it was funny.
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