Women may not multitask better than men after all. Per a new study, neither gender is very good at it.
It’s known that juggling more than one thing at a time or switching between them puts a strain on brain capacity. But a common stereotype is that women are better than men at it.
Aachen University, Germany researchers tested various multitasking paradigms on 100 men and women in their mid-20s. The conclusions were ground-breaking. Neither gender did better in multi-tasking.
Multitasking doesn’t make workers more productive. It distracts, creates stress, and downgrades performance.
The increasing tendency for individuals and businesses to encourage their employees to multitask is not natural and comes at a cost, says University of California researcher Russell Poldrack.