Men Are Worse at Multitasking
Women perform better in new study
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2013 3:25 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Women have a distinct edge when it comes to juggling problems, a new study has concluded. Researchers had 120 men and 120 women each complete a computer test, first giving them the tasks one at a time, and then mixing them up, forcing participants to tackle them in a fragmented fashion meant to simulate, say, a busy office worker's day, the BBC reports. The groups were essentially equal in the first test, but in the second, men slowed by 77%, compared to 69% for women.

Women were also significantly better in a second round of tests that asked participants to complete tasks in an impossibly short period of time. "They spent more time thinking at the beginning, whereas men had a slight impulsiveness—they jumped in too quickly," one co-author observes. The findings echo those of an earlier Chinese study. "Men tell me this doesn't ring true with their experience," the researcher says, but "people don't seem to be very good at assessing themselves." Indeed, as Business Insider points out, one study has shown that people who say they're good at multitasking are the worst at it.

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Oct 27, 2013 12:29 AM CDT
There are a lot of studies out that conclude that multitasking is inefficient, no matter which sex is doing it. Skill or aptitude is very much a personal thing, usually acquired through experience and not so much tied to gender. Also, this study involved only 120 people from each sex. To make the research more viable, I would have used a much larger number of test subjects, and if the conclusions kept suggesting that women were better multitaskers, I would try to determine why. When we see disparities like this, I tend to think there are structural/neurological differences that explain why one sex NEEDS to multitask while the other sex DOESN'T need to multitask. If research doesn't examine the need or lack of need issue among the sexes, it's suggesting that we should all be alike.
Oct 25, 2013 11:21 PM CDT
Today's news: Women are looking good and men are looking bad:
Oct 25, 2013 6:38 AM CDT
Duh!! Everyone knows this.