Whether in daily life or work, multitasking has become an increasingly needed capability today. In the complicated work, how can people handle the problem comprehensively and complete the task efficiently is a key task facing men and women. Therefore, I liked the article entitled “Women aren’t any better at multitasking than men, say researchers” by Faima Bakar as it is focusing on multitasking from different perspectives. It is a piece of newspaper article with a clear structure and enough evidences related to multitasking. There are a lot of researches on multitasking cited, which makes it a solid news article with a good use of evidence. It also explains why people hold the view of different multitasking ability between men and women from the perspective of definition of multitasking. This is also a powerful way to clarify some misunderstanding about multitasking.
In the article, it at first presents its central argument: women are not necessarily better than men when it comes to multitasking. To prove this point, the author cited remarks made by researchers at the University of Bergen, Norway and blog for the Harvard Business Review as the evidence. Women and men have similar performance when it comes to multitasking(Bakar, 2018). Then, the article explains how the research finding is proven by a computerized task — The Meeting Preparation Task (CMPT) related to multitasking carried out between men and women.
Faima Bakar continued to explain the reasons for the popular idea that women are better than men when it comes to multitasking. After expounding on the evidences and researches denying the gender difference, there is a discussion of definition of multitasking. There is a concurrent multitasking, which is to carry out two or more activities at the same time and serial multitasking means to change tasks quickly( Bakar, 2018). A relevant study on serial multitasking which included 66 women and 82 men of different ages is provided to show how women are not better than men when it comes to multitasking. At last, it is concluded that everyone can learn hard to have better ability of multitasking. There are not a lot of gender differences between men and women when it comes to multitasking.
To sum up, after reading two articles about multitasking, the article entitled “Women aren’t any better at multitasking than men, say researchers” by Faima Bakar is much more convincing to me.