Women Are No Better At Multitasking Than Men, New Study Seeks To Prove

They're just doing more work...

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Remember when your mum would berate male members of the family for their inability to multitask? They couldn't possibly hold a conversation while watching the football, wouldn't have even considered taking a work call and cooking the dinner.

As the assumption goes, women's brains are wired differently, making us naturally suited to juggling more than one task simultaneously. Right?

Nope. Apparently not.

According to a new study, published yesterday in natural and social science journal PLOS One, women are actually no better at multitasking than men.

Just before we dig into the research - for those worried about the validity of the study - according to PLOS ONE, their editors evaluate research on the basis of scientific validity, rigorous methodology, and high ethical standards, with the aim of making all well-conducted research freely available.

Research and studies performed to a high technical standard, with sample sizes that must be large enough to produce robust results.

According to a new study, it’s not the multi-tasking skills men lack but the motivation.
Women still performing bulk of household chores, survey finds
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And now back to the new evidence...

There are plenty of recent studies to show that we certainly buy into this idea, that women are better at managing multiple chores, with as many as 80 per cent of us subscribing to the stereotype, according to The Times.

Surprisingly, it turns out that there is little research to supports this.

In this new study, published in PLOS One, German researchers compared the abilities of 48 men and 48 women, in how well they identified letters and numbers that flashed up on a screen, as consonants or vowels and as odd or even.

Both sexes did significantly worse when asked to categorise the number and letters together (aka multitasking), with no discernible difference in performance between sexes.

Studies in 2018 by researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway and in 2010 by psychologists in Germany, also collected similar results.

Is the stereotype positive or negative?

While it might seem fun to own idea, the myth that women are better at managing more than one chore at a time has, arguably, prolonged a woman's responsibility for domestic chores.

The idea that women can (or should be able to) juggle a job, run a household, organise appointments and social arrangements is pervasive, with British women doing 60% more housework, according to the Office for National Statistics in 2016.

The housework gender gap is real.

This idea is often linked to evolutionary psychology, which says that in our caveman past women had to switch between childcare, cooking and gathering food, while men had the one task of finding food.

According to a new study, it’s not the multi-tasking skills men lack but the motivation.
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But despite (as it becomes increasingly evident with every new study) women's brains being equally strained by multitasking, women are still expected to 'do it all', which can lead to a deterioration in mental health.

So next time a guy tries to lump tasks on you because you're just so much better at doing multiple tasks at once, don't fall for his laziness.

Remind him you're equally crap.

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