How many things do you (like to) do at once? The relationship between need for closure and multitasking preference and behavior
Ewa Szumowska , Agnieszka Popławska-Boruc , Małgorzata Kossowska
AbstractNowadays, multitasking has become an integral part of everyday life. However, not everyone enjoys multitasking and there are some who prefer working on tasks sequentially. In this paper, we argue that need for cognitive closure (NFC), a motivational tendency to avoid ambiguity and uncertainty via a rigid processing style, is a variable related to lower willingness to engage in multitasking. Across three samples, we found that NFC was negatively related to multitasking preference (Study 1). In Study 2, we found that NFC negatively predicted self-reported multitasking behavior. Study 3 additionally showed that NFC negatively predicted multitasking behavior operationalized as the number of switches between tasks in a multiple media task. Implications for peoples' well-being and performance are discussed.
|Journal series||Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, (A 35 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||0.5|
|Keywords in English||Need for closure; Multitasking; Multitasking preference; Multitasking behavior; Task switching|
|Publication indicators||: 2016 = 1.183; : 2017 = 1.967 (2) - 2017=2.39 (5)|
|Citation count*||4 (2020-11-24)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.