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Women better at multitasking, study says

Published On: Oct 25 2013 10:10:00 AM EDT
Updated On: Oct 25 2013 09:54:30 AM EDT
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Yes, ladies, it's true. Women really are better than men at multitasking, at least in certain circumstances, according to a new study.

Researchers in Britain gave 120 men and 120 women a computer test, first giving them tasks to complete one at a time and then throwing multiple tasks at them in a fragmented fashion meant to simulate a busy day at work, according to the BBC.

The groups were essentially equal in the first test.

But in the second, men slowed by 77 percent, compared to 69 percent for women.

Women were also significantly better in a second set of tests in which participants were asked to complete tasks in an impossible short amount of time, according to the research published in the journal BMC Psychology.

Study co-author Keith Laws, of the University of Hertfordshire, told the BBC the findings do "rankle a bit with men."

"And of course there are men who are experts," he added. "We'd never claim that all men can't multitask, or that only women can. But we'd argue the average woman is better able to organize her time and switch between tasks than the average man. There's no point denying these differences exist."