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The New Habit Challenge: What Happened When We Attempted To Work With Only One Browser Tab Open

Join our resident habit expert Rachel Gillett and other Fast Company editors on Friday, October 3 at 11 a.m. ET as we discuss what happened when we threw caution to the wind and closed down all our tabs in the name of productivity.

How many browser tabs do you have open right now? 

We love to think that those 10, 20, or even 30 tabs we have open at any given time are a true testament to how well we can multitask, but this just isn’t the case. In fact, you could argue there’s no such thing as “multitasking,” and that all this preoccupation with doing multiple things at once actually divides our focus and slows us down.

At least that’s the notion behind this week’s habit challenge.

Recent research even shows that some multitasking negatively affects our brains: Researchers observed smaller gray matter density in subjects who frequently jump from one device to the next. "Media multitasking is becoming more prevalent in our lives today, and there is increasing concern about its impacts on our cognition and social-emotional well-being," writes one of the study authors, neuroscientist Kepkee Loh. 

In an effort to get over our multitasking addiction, we challenged our tab-hoarding staff to break the cycle and only keep one Internet tab open at any given time. 

Join us on Friday, October 3 at 11 a.m. ET for a live chat about whether going tabless is worth the payoff, and weigh in with your own thoughts. Are you taking part in the challenge? Tell us about your experience in the "make a comment" box below!