...research shows that effective multi-tasking is a myth. The brain simply cannot concentrate on two things at once; instead it switches back and forth between tasks—with considerable degradation of performance.
Martin went on to suggest that in situations where a person has fiduciary duties to fulfill, conscious inattention to an important decision might be adduced as evidence of bad faith, as well as a breach of those duties. In other words, a corporate board member sending e-mails on his or her Blackberry, tablet, or PC while the board is in session could create liability for damages if a decision the board comes to is a bad one. Because electronic devices leave a distinct trail of digital evidence, it could be possible for a plaintiff to establish that the member was not paying attention when an important vote was taken.
Could we pitch to our students that a no device policy is a matter of developing professional ethics — not just a matter of classroom decorum?