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Of course he does! It features explosions and a hawt babe who wears tight tank tops whilst blowing shite up.
This week at Mumabulous I’m doing a little myth busting of my own. I am looking at two questions.
Do women like to multi-task?
Are men capable of thinking about nothing at all?
The idea that women are brilliant multi-taskers has been around for so long its become unquestionable fact – much like the world is round, the sun rises in the East and Clive Standen is hawt. Nevertheless academic studies have drawn wildly different verdicts. Recently an experiment at the University of Glasgow concluded that on average women perform marginally better than men at tasks involving constant attention switching.
The reasons underlying this result might be due to the wiring of the female brain. Yet I’d wager that if women are better multi-taskers its because we freakin’ have to be. We’re the ones who prepare the evening meal, whilst yakking to our mothers on the phone, filing our nails and fielding a million questions from the kids. In the mornings its usually us serving breakfast, readying the kids for school whilst making ourselves vaguely presentable for the office.
I too can multi-task like a boss. I can munch Tim Tams and watch Mad Men, drink and blog and perve whilst pretending to read the newspaper. Sadly the whole thing falls over when I try to multi-task behind the wheel. I can’t perve and drive. The other day I was stopped at the traffic lights when I spotted an olive skinned crumpet. I missed the light change and was beeped by the car behind. HONK!
Otherwise I dislike multi-tasking immensely. I prefer to focus my attention on one task, completing it properly before moving on. I have always been a bit this way and parenthood has not improved the situation. My catch cry is “I cant do two things at once”. After seven years of hearing this P1 still hasn’t absorbed the message. “You can do two things at once Mum – you’re doing the dishes and talking to me aren’t you?” (She gets her smarts from her father)
I decided to run a scientific inquiry of my own via Facebook. Of the four lovely ladies who responded, three said they can multi-task but hate it. One said she cant do it at all. We can conclude from my academically robust methodology that 75% of women can multi-task but would rather not. I should go on the talk show circuit with this revelation.
Moving along to the second question:
I read on a blog recently that men are capable of thinking about nothing at all. It was a Daddy blog thus giving the idea some credibility. Apparently a dude called Mark Gungor (a pastor and motivational speaker – my kind of person NAWT) has popularized the idea that men’s brains are like a shelf full of boxes. Men have a separate box for everything in their lives, job, kids, mates, beer, porn etc They can only think inside one box at a time. Their collection includes a nothing box which is empty. A man enjoys completely zoning out in his nothing box which explains the popularity of fishing.
Woman simply can not conceptualize a nothing box and do not believe it when their partners claim to thinking about nothing. They imagine their partners must be musing on football, beer, porn etc when the man is being “Scouts’ honour” honest.
I again put the call out in social media directing the question specifically at the blokes. I had to ask a couple of times before I got a response. It was like reliving my single days. The answers indicated that men do indeed compartmentalize their thoughts and can focus on a single thing to the exclusion of everything else. At least that’s their excuse and they’re sticking with it. Case in point (I have excluded the names to protect the guilty)
@Mumabulous if horse racing is nothing than yes. If you mean a trance-like vacuum of serenity then no. @Mumabulous I don’t think of nothing… but I can focus so completely on a single thing that it looks like I’m thinking about nothing.
And on Facebook.
I do it every time i turn on channel 9
A friend of mine went trend but despite knowing him for over 20 years I am not sure whether he is being sarcastic.
Nope. We are constantly thinking of stuff. We are complex beings don’t you know.
It looks like the “nothing box” myth is busted.
Can you multi-task? Do you think men are capable of thinking about nothing at all?