"Faultitasking” (fault + multitasking) is the chaos that happens when attempting to do too many things all at once. The term “faultitasking” appeared in “That Should Be a Word” by Lizzie Skurnick in the August 13, 2013 New York Times Magazine.
The term had been used earlier. “Faultitask” and “faultitasking” were on the blog Verbotomy in 2007. “Faultitasking: multitasking to the extent of fault” was cited on Twitter in February 2012.
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Etymology: From faulty + multitasking
wordmeister - 2007-01-11: 09:50:00
My teachers hate when I’m faultitasking. Thank goodness I have a laptop so they can’t tell. I’m sure my marks would suffer if the knew…
Faulti-tasking.. - Faultitasking: multitasking to the extent of fault. I do this, ALOT. I do it when I bake… http://tmblr.co/ZvlYFwH30Ma-
11:22 PM - 25 Feb 12
(The date of this article is not given, but a similar article appeared in early 2013—ed.)
Faultitasking: You may call it Multitasking
By Annette Stone & Tom McGrew
So you think you can multitask? Of course you do. Just check out your resume, it’s one of your key in-demand skills, right? Wrong. Our brains are not wired to multitask. Yes, digital processors like computers are; brains, no. We have not overcome millennia of evolution since the advent of the personal computer, the internet, cell phones, and a life now measured in nanoseconds. But truly multitask? No, what we are really doing is Faultitasking.
According to Paul Atchley, Ph.D., an associate professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Kansas, years of research as well as studies focused specifically on multitasking have shown,
Word of the day, ‘faultitasking’. Doing many things at once and screwing up everything. #neologism Via @talyat
11:04 AM - 17 Aug 13
New York (NY) Times
18 Aug 2013 The New York Times Magazine
That Should Be a Word
By Lizzie Skurnick
1. To create chaos by attempting to do too many things at once. ‘‘Pierre’s disastrous trip to the deck with a six-pack, two pizzas, the iPad and his toddler was one of his wife’s favorite tales of his faultitasking.’’ See also: Duhfficient (a foolish plan for performance improvement).