There are popular stereotypes that are of the opinion that women are better at multitasking than men. Some researchers claim that on measuring the brain activity using fMRI scans or computer tests, women emerged as better multitaskers.
This is not true… women and women perform in the same manner when it comes to multitasking. There are tasks that a man will perform better than the woman and tasks where the women perform better.
For instance, when it comes to technical issues, a man will perform very well even when he is already involved in another activity. For a woman, if he was told to remember the names that were in a particular list, she will outperform the man.
The performance in multitasking will be determined by the task at hand and not by the gender. The difference will also be brought about by the different meanings that are linked to the word multitasking. In one of the meaning, multitasking involves performing 2 tasks at the same time. For instance, a man may be driving and at the same time, he will be speaking on the phone. This is referred to as concurrent multitasking.
The other meaning of multitasking will be manifested when one will be able to switch from one task to the other concurrently. For instance, you may be preparing for a meeting, speaking on the phone, and at the same time responding to an email.
Depending on the task at hand, both men and women are able to multitask on an equal level. If there is a difference on the ability to multitask, it is very minimal and cannot be used to prove that women are the better multitaskers.
There will be a need for further research to clearly determine if women are better at multitasking than men. The minimal differences that have been proven are not enough to prove that women are better than men.