It is not a myth — women really are better than men at multitasking, at least in certain cases, a study says.
Men were slower and less organized than women when switching rapidly between tasks in tests by UK psychologists.
Both sexes struggled to cope with juggling priorities, but men suffered more on average, according to the paper in the journal BMC Psychology.
It says, “The question now is why? And is it all types of multitasking or only certain situations?”
The researchers hope to encourage more research on a topic which they say has attracted “astonishingly few” studies — considering how often the “women vs. men” debate crops up in conversation.
If men really are slower than women, it could have serious implications for how workplaces are organized, says co-author Gijsbert Stoet, of the University of Glasgow.
“Multitasking is getting more and more important in the office — but it’s very distracting, all these gadgets interrupting our workflow.
“It could be that men suffer more from this constant switching,” he told BBC News.
1. cope with v. phr.
應付；對付 (ying4 fu4; dui4 fu4)
例: We are unable to cope with the disaster alone.
2. juggle v.
兼顧；耍弄；歪曲 (jian1 gu4; shua3 nong4; wai1 qu1)
例: The single mother has to juggle two part-time jobs and her children.
3. crop up v. phr.
出現；發生 (chu1 xian4; fa1 sheng1)
例: New problems cropped up one after another during our test.