Are women generally better at multitasking than men?

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  • Anyone who says one gender is better at multitasking should have some very good evidence to back up what they say. As far as I'm concerned, it's complete fantasy.

    People are using trivial scenarios to back up their logic as well, such as being in a kitchen (lol). Try going into a cockpit of a complex aircraft and watching the crew, that is real multitasking been seen there and it can actually have dire consequences if things go wrong. I've seen both men and women in these scenarios and seen no difference whatsoever.

    Multitasking is not managing multiple tasks all at the exact same time, it may appear that way to the untrained eye, but that's not how the human brain operates. Multitasking involves diverting your attention and focusing on one specific task, before diverting it to another task, and another etc. In the space of 10 minutes you may be monitoring 20+ different things, however you're never monitoring every single one at the exact same time as that's literally impossible.

    As with many things, multitasking is a skill that can be developed over time.

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  • Generally speaking yes as the average female and male brain are fairly different with women typically having more white matter than men and men having more gray matter. This means that women have more connections in their brain which allows them to hold more tasks in their mind at once where as men have more cognitive ability which is why their average IQ score is 2 points higher. It is presumed that this is because taking care of children typically requires the caretaker to split focus (example: safety of multiple children, preparation of food, etc.) Where As men were usually responsible for tasks that required focus to be succesful and a lack of success could mean the death of our family. (Hunting, building shelter, etc.)

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  • If a guy is doing something that requires his concentration... he is automatically in autopilot.
    Men don't actually ignore women in these moments on purpose..《 women can drive (poorly) while applying makeup.!! Men actually DRIVE!》

    Guys just weren't born with the feminine crazy capacity to:

    •have a conversation while:

    •cooking dinner;

    • talking to a friend in the phone;

    • watching the mental little brats running around the kitchen;

    • and at the same time watching gossip trash on Oprah.

    《So I learned pretty early in life that the perfect time to talk to men and make them agree to do what we want is during that blessed moment they ignore us, faking attention -- and failing 》

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  • Yes. Women are designed to multitask and thus we are much better at it. However, it is also not necessarily a gender factor either. It matters of personality and skill set. Men are very much straight-laced when their mind is in the right mind frame. The same way it is for women. Some women can't multitask because they lack practice or it's not part of their personality. While some men can multitask as well, but it's out of practice. There are things each gender can do naturally, but few who try to practice what the other can do. I'm good at multitasking, but I noticed over the years that I perform better when doing things one task at a time.

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  • they can do lots of things at once but because men focus on one thing at a time we can often do it better... ofcourse as a feminist i have to point out this is just a counter point and open to criticism too

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    • In Buddhist philosophy this is considered truth. Although men don't multi-task, they do complete what they start with precision. Multi-tasking is actually not considered a strength. It usually means doing multiple things but not doing them well.

  • I thought they were, I think they do it with less stress. years of berry picking and raising more than 1 kid and that emotional mind. Guys... more focused on an object. I've seen guys good at multitasking and women not good at it, so it is personality as well... but in general women are better.

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  • I read in an article that they are. It was an article where they list 4-9 different things intellectually that woman do better than men. I also heard people say that word games on talkshows are almost always won by woman.

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  • Simple

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  • If its gender specific or not, whose to say. Me personally I multitask all the time. Iv always done it since I was young, probably has to do with my mind and how I can think of things simultaneously. *Shrugs* That or my paranoia gave me a superpower.

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  • Some studies say it depends on menstrual cycles, others say both men and women are horrible at it. There appears to not be that concrete in terms of understanding this whole situation. But even so, is it that important? Maybe. If the job requires people who are better at it. But then that isn't focusing on the individual and instead breeds sexism back into the workplace.

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  • Reality is somewhat different, the fact is no human can focus on more than one main cognitive thing at the time. We can do any number of things at the time when our cognitive abilities aren't pressed (meaning routine tasks), but only one when presses (as in contracted or focused).

    So women can only multitask when it's trivial tasks, not requiring concentration. The same goes for men.

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  • Haha no

    They're better at starting a bunch of things, half-assing them all, and accomplishing none without getting assistance. Men tend to take on what we know we can finish, based on what we've got going on.

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  • lol trust the majority of these arrogant egotistical women to think they are better... U thots able to shove 5 cupcakes in ur fatass mouth at the same time and u think that makes u better at this multitasking shit. lmao

    funny how u all think u better at multitasking but scream sexist when someone says a stereotype that dont go ur way... like women being shitty drivers... hypocritical hoes

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  • According to research, humans in general sucks at multitasking since our brains have problems with keeping focus at more than one thing at the time.
    People in the autism spectrum have problems in the opposite side their brains tries to focus on everything at once and burn their energy very fast.

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  • Women’s brain is multitasking and they can cook, watch her baby, get a phone and answer the door at the same time. and men’s brain is specialized. They can focus on one thing deep, but they suffer stuck in habits that’s why

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    • That's complete fantasy. The brain doesn't multitask like that anyway, in 'multitasking' we focus on one specific thing at a time and then move on to another thing. We're not focusing on everything at once.

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    • @Aiko_E_Lara men’s brain however can be specialized. They can use only one side of brain that they can become professional.

    • It's not specializing if men do more than one thing at work just like women doing more than one thing at home. If that's so called "specializing" then I could say women specialize being at home if that's what you're saying.

  • No, men are much better at survival in the wild than women and that entails a lot more multitasking than modern life. Men tend to also be better at political intrigue complex social situations which require a calculating mind.

    Women just tend to be more empathetic and have an advantage when utilizing their appearance and reproductive value.

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  • I believe I did read a study that says women are better than men at multitasking. I could be wrong or have remembered incorrectly though.

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  • Men have been hunters and need to focus. Women have been the ones to take care and ensure their children’s offspring. Women had to develop multitasking skills... look out for danger, take care of the baby, gather food, foster relationships. Our corpus callosum is bugger as a result and facilitates better communication between the two brain hemispheres.

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    • huuuuh! that is soooo sexist. you mean that all women had to do was to look after the kids? what if during ancient times a woman wanted to be free and i dont know ride dinosaurs or whatever?

    • Lol what

      My fiancée is a much better hunter than myself

  • Brain is a multitasker, not human. Although, I'm a feminist but it is not possible when it comes to human being. Moreover, most of the girls are hardworking but then it depend upon person to person.

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  • It's not a gendered thing. Or if maybe so, that means men are better at focusing or better at working with certain things. No mediocre work. Simply a stereotype because you usually see them in the house while no one sees men working in the industry.

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  • Only a woman could give you a blowjob and a handjob at the same time,

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  • Not for me personally no. I'm bad at multitasking and cannot do admin.. so that's a stereotype in my opinion

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  • No.
    Studies show that regardless of gender your brain actually uses onky one main thread at a time. You CANNOT multi-task (or multi-thread) - you always sacrifice quality and invested effort in all areas if you try to.

    Men in general are more passionate about their goals, more assertive and individualistic, whivh is why they zone in on a single problem more often than women. But men can share their attention equally as women, just like women can focus equally as well as men can. The difference is in temperament.

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  • Nope. My female English teacher is useless at multitasking and I personally find it somewhat easy.

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    • having several porn site tabs open at once doesn't count lol... try doing what your mom does and see how easy it all is ;)

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    • Don't worry, I have done.

  • It depends on difficulty of the tasks. If one is challenging, I might need to focus harder, to have it done effectively. If I have to deal with many tasks, but they''re simple. Multi-tasking is there.

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  • They are not in fact better according to research, what they are better at, is emotional multi-tasking, they can root out feeling just on voice without looking, way better than men, also they perceive faces better

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  • Nope, it's bullshit, NOBODY is actually good at multitasking. This has been demonstrated in neuroscience and psychology, but morons insist on ignoring science.

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  • I have no experience about it, but my grandfather always says that my grandmother is far better at it. She sometimes watches tv, listens to the radio and plays with her tablet at the same time. 😃

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  • Multitasking decreases your productivity by 50%. It took me a very long time to admit this. Option C

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  • In my experience, yes. But there are always exceptions to this. A friend's husband runs the show at their house. Super man.

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  • I don't think gender has anything to do with it. I'm not a multitasker. I like to focus on one thing at a time

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  • I think so but I think men are WAY better at focusing intensely on a single subject if something is complicated

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  • I believe that has been scientifically proven way back, so yeah!

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  • I think it really depends on the person, but maybe? It's a small sample size, but from what I've seen in my day-to-day life, girls are better at keeping track of the different things they're doing and jumping from one task to another. I know my boyfriend is pretty shit at it. That's why he's a menace in the kitchen. He makes good food, but he does have a limit to how many things he can keep track of. He almost burns constantly, and I'm always there to remind him to check on the thing in the oven or to remember to start the next step. He's a bit of a scatterbrain in general though, once he picks somehting else up he completely forgets about the thing he was doing before. Whereas for me, I'm always keeping track of all the loose ends and making sure they all get tied up in a neat bow. I think I get that from my mom. My dad is not as big of a scatterbrain as my boyfriend, but def not 100% on top of things the way my mom is.

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  • Tbh it's not about the gender it's about the mind set of the person

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  • I think so.

    Not me. I can’t do multiple things at a time.

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  • Yes, their brains are wired to be better at multitasking than men in general.

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  • A girl can organize a cart much more efficiently than a man, but then she will put the cart before the horse.

    Men and women are meant to work together as a team, we see into each other's blindspots.

    But men are a good deal better at operating alone than women are just because they get so much more practice. Boys are expected to practice being on their own, girls are almost never on their own except by choice. ESPECIALLY not growing up, typically girls don't even experience true solitude until much later in life.

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  • I am a excellent multitasker, but I don't think that has anything to do with my gender.

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  • No? I don't think multitasking is genetic but more experience.

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  • Uuh I think it has to do with the person... Not necessarily their gender

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  • In Buddhist/Zen Buddhist philosophy, it is believed that there is misconception that multi-tasking is considered an "asset" and a "skill". It is neither of these things, actually. Multi-tasking is quite easy. People can focus on multiple things at once but they are not dedicated to any of them.

    The skill is doing only ONE thing and successfully completing it. It takes amazing focus to do only one thing and following it through. Anybody can do an assignment while watching Netflix and another assignment all at the same time, not truly focusing on any of it. There is skill involved to only do one assignment and complete it before moving on to the next thing.

    So, are women better at "multi-tasking". Maybe they are. But there is no skill involved in it so who cares if they are.

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    • Not actually true. Switching tasks (rapid multitasking) takes a lot of mental energy and is more draining than focusing on a single thing. I have the super focus thing and it's great. But their are a lot if times I wish I could multitask

    • @MaverickAngel Whether or not something is mentally draining is subjective and differs between individuals.

  • For myself it‘s a clear no. I need to focus on one thing in order to do it properly. I can to many things at once bit they usually don‘t turn out that great. 😂

    We‘ve actually had this discussion with a teacher before an he told us that it was scientifically proven that women weren‘t able to do multitasking but we are very good at multiswitching.

    The brain doesn‘t focus on everything at once but it can very easily switch from one thing to another so that the human body can survive.

    Personally I think that isn‘t just something women can do better.. I‘m sure it‘s just a matter of let‘s say training and getting used to it ☺️

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  • Multitasking dose not actually really improve anything

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  • I hate this stereotype.
    No, it's not a god damn gender thing. Obviously. And I like how most women see themselves like they can do it.
    Like…in my entire life, I was the multitasker. And from other, regardless of their gender, I hear "don't talk to me when I'm doing something". While I am cooking 2 meals at once, washing dishes and doing something on PC. At the same time (roughly).
    Oh, this ain't good enough for you? OK. Gaming while watching YT videos. Still not good enough? Writing emails while on call. How about that?

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  • It's a myth actually😅
    It's all about brain game
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    Heredity of course...😄

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  • Men are smart not to do it because we know things that are multi-functional are better..

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  • No, studies show that the human brain isn’t designed to multitask.

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  • in theory yes but i have met some women that can't even do it

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  • I seen them doing day to day activities at home and also doing great job at offices.

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  • Of course not. Women are better at nothing compared to men.

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  • Depends/not a gender thing. When people text and drive, some are good and others crash.

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  • Yeah according to my teacher, that says this SAME THING EVER SINGE DAY!

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