Women Really Are Better at Multi tasking
by healthypages on 29/03/2012 - 02:45 pm |
According to some recent research, women really are better at multitasking than men. Of course this will come as no surprise to women; in fact women may say it is stating the obvious. But still, science has a way of endorsing what people already know.
In particular it was found that women are do much more multitasking at home whereas at work they are on a par with men when it comes to the amount of activities undertaken. The work at home may be taking phone calls, while holding the baby and doing different household tasks. The penalty for all this multitasking is that women tend to experience more stress than men.
The American Sociological Review conducted a study that revealed that over a week working mothers spend 9 more hours than working dads do at multitasking. The study concluded that men spend 38.9 hours per week doing more than one task at once, whereas women spent 48.3 hours per week multitasking.
Professor of sociology at Michigan State University and co-author of the study, Barbara Schneider said, “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.”
The study used data on 241 fathers and 368 mothers that was obtained during the 500 Family Study which itself was a focus on the balance of family and work life in U.S. families.
Schneider suggested that women should try doping just one thing at a time despite the challenge it may offer, and also acknowledge that more time may be needed for some tasks than what is being allocated to them.
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