Aachen, Germany – Women are no better at multitasking than men, a new study by researchers at a German university has found after conducting tests on 48 women and 48 men.
According to the team led by Patricia Hirsch of the RWTH Aachen University, both sexes worked more slowly and less accurately when required to perform two tasks at the same time. The tasks involved numbers and letters.
Reporting their findings in the journal Plos One, the team said they found no difference between the sexes, although they noted that previous studies had come to very different conclusions.
In some cases, women did better, and in others, men. Some of the earlier studies also found no difference.
The Aachen team said the tasks set could have caused sex differences to show up, as no single experiment could possible test all types of multitasking, along with the skills needed for them.