DVRs Improve Relationships, experts say..
According to a survey by electronics company NDS, more than 80% of Americans with a DVR can't live without it.
The survey also found that owning a DVR can lead to a happier, less stressful life. Eighty-one percent of respondents said their DVR has made life better by allowing for more time to do things together with loved ones and fewer arguments over what to watch.
Having a DVR also seems to improve relationships -- with 79% of respondents claiming they get along better with their partner because there's a DVR in the house.
More Survey Results ...
The most indispensable household items listed were:
- 91% -- cell phone
- 81% -- DVR
- Other items listed included the washing machine and the microwave.
Multitasking? ... or thinking fast?
According to a new study from Vanderbilt University, training and practice improves our ability to multitask.
The researchers found we are naturally lousy multi-taskers. Our brains do one thing at a time -- and take care of business rather slowly.
But, we can learn to get better doing different things at the same time with practice ... but not really.
Co-author Paul Dux explains, "Our findings suggest that, even after extensive practice, our brain does not really do two tasks at once. It is still processing one task at a time, but it does it so fast it gives us the illusion we are doing two tasks simultaneously."