I usually have the tv or music on in the background while I'm working and I have no problem listening to NPR while I read a book. I am able to block out one or other things when I need to focus, but does that mean I'm not doing my best possible work if I'm multi-tasking?
I can have instant messenger conversations all day while I work and I never feel like it's interrupting my work or setting me back, but I know some people do. Is this just because they haven't been using messenger for a decade like some of us? Or maybe some people are just better suited to do multiple things at one time?
I think that kids these days are probably going to be great multi-taskers - since they never seem to be able to sit and do one thing....I think in some ways this is a really good thing, a progression for human kind.
Disclaimer: I feel like I may have blogged about this before...and if I did, I hope I put more energy and thought into than I did this one! (it's late, it's been a hard week and I'm tired!!)