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.