Women Are 'Better' at Multitasking
Women are better multi-taskers than men. At least, a study of 368 mothers and 241 fathers seems to suggest that not only are moms more able to complete multiple tasks at once, they also spend more time doing so. Does this make them better multi-taskers or just more stressed? Both.
While working mothers spend an average of just 9 hours more multitasking than working dads, the levels of stress moms experience is exponentially greater. The reason might be found in the tasks moms juggle.
“When you look at men and women in similar kinds of work situations they look very similar. But when they come home it is very clear that women are shouldering much more of the responsibilities of housework and childcare." study co-author Barbara Schneider, a professor of sociology at Michigan State University says.
Published in the American Sociological Review, the study of middle-class, dual-income parents found that mothers spend 7% and 10% more of their time than fathers managing child care and housework respectively.
Previous studies have shown that very few people are actually able to multi-task effectively. The rest of us appear to try to balance an expediency to efficiency ratio that often sacrifices the latter. It is sometimes better to concentrate on accomplishing individual tasks with better results (and a sense of satisfaction rather than despair.)
It's advice Schneider echoes.