Is this proof that women can actually multi-task?
For many years, women have claimed the high ground on this one, saying that they are the only species (!?!) that can truly multi-task.
Naturally, us men have disagreed with this. We either claim that we can too, or that nobody really can.
Does this suggest otherwise?
Back in 2005, Dr Glenn Wilson, psychiatrist at King’s College, London University conducted 80 clinical trials to monitor workers’ IQ throughout the day. He found that the IQ of people who were distracted by phone calls, emails and text messages could temporarily decrease by an average of 10 points (15 for men and 5 for women). That’s a greater loss of IQ than someone smoking marijuana or missing a whole night’s sleep! What’s more, chronic multi-taskers have increased levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which can damage the memory region of the brain. Sandra Bond, author of Make your Brain Smarter says: “Multi-tasking is a brain drain that exhausts the mind, zaps cognitive resources and, if left unchecked, condemns us to early mental decline and decreased sharpness.”