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Women Aren't Actually Better Than Men At Multitasking, They Just Work Harder

Turns out the ol' "I suck at multitasking" excuse is complete rubbish.

Here’s a loaded question for you: who’s better at multitasking, women or men?

It’s a an age-old hypothetical and I’m willing to bet that you answered “women, duh.”

It’s a pretty common answer that adheres to cultural stereotypes. If we look back on how society views multitasking, women are seen to have no trouble juggling children, a job, a household and a various other life tasks whereas men can barely function while doing one thing at a time.

But according to a new study published on PLOS One, it turns out that women are actually no better at multitasking than men are.

Spongebob gets it.

Researchers got 48 men and 48 women and tested their ability to swap between activities quickly, how well they identified letters and numbers, paying attention to two tasks at once and swapping attention between tasks.

After measuring the reaction times and accuracy for the tasks between the men and women, it was found that there was no notable difference between the groups and humans in general suck at the multitasking thing, period.

So you’re not wrong when you say “I suck at multitasking”, it’s just everyone else does as well.

Hooray!

If science dispels the whole mulitasking myth, why does it seem like women have it all sorted while men are next to useless when confronted with more than one task?

Well it’s because women simply work harder than men.

Despite more men spending time doing housework these days, a majority of it is still done by women. Australian bread-winning mothers end up spending four extra hours a week doing this sort of work compared to bread-winning fathers and it’s taking a heavy toll on their mental health.

Debunking this whole multitasking myth is important in ensuring workloads are evenly spread out but there’s more to be done beyond science telling us that we all suck at doing stuff.

Not only do women need affordable, high-quality childcare that’s widely available but men also need access to things like paternal leave and flexible work in order to help share the labour, especially with the steadily increasing number of dudes getting invested in equal sharing and co-parenting.

So to all those dudes who are helpless at juggling multiple tasks and chalking it up to women being better at multitasking, science says that myth is completely wrong and you need to take a leaf out of their book and simply work harder.

GLOW Season 3's Best Moments Isn't Vegas But Its Focus On Great Minority Characters

The wait for GLOW to give its large cast of characters some attention was worth it.

Spoilers for GLOW season 3!

You’ve been warned!

A big part of what made the first two seasons of GLOW work so well was the intertwining of its character’s arcs with their hardship of trying to get their women’s wrestling TV show, G.L.O.W, off the ground.

Season three quickly makes it clear that while G.L.O.W is now a Las Vegas stage show, all the hard work has paid off as everyone is finally tasting the success they’ve worked so hard for. But with success comes a discernible lack of dramatic tension. With their goals reached, there are no longer any stakes for the ensemble.

Recognising this little problem, the writers for GLOW made the inspired decision to bench G.L.O.W in favour of focusing on its large roster of characters and the result is several of our favourite supporting characters finally getting their long-awaited time in the spotlight, as well as deeper explorations into established relationships.

YES!

We see Tammé (Kia Stevens) go through the physical toll of performing G.L.O.W every night and subsequently figuring out a new, less painful career path; There’s Sheila (Gayle Rankin) becoming more comfortable in her own skin as she gradually sheds the wolf skin she wears (literally and metaphorically); and we see conflicts between Cherry (Sydelle Noel) and Keith (Bashir Salahuddin) as the couple butt heads over starting a family.

Season three also digs much deeper into LGBTQI angle than previous seasons as we see how Bash (Chris Lowell) and Arthie (Sunita Mani) gradually come to terms with their sexuality in the face of external and internal pressures.

But perhaps the storyline that resonated the most for me personally was Jenny (Ellen Wong) and Melanie (Jackie Tohn)’s arc. Jenny is the only Asian character on the show and she was barely more than the quirky token Asian who weathers a bunch of race jokes – both with her character and in-show wrestling character – from Melanie during the first two seasons of GLOW.

After two seasons of building, GLOW finally addresses the whole race thing with an emotional – if slightly clumsy – heart to heart between the Jenny and Melanie. We finally get to see a bit more of what makes those two tick and it was worth the wait.

The fact that I haven’t even mentioned the great work by the likes of Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Britney Young, Britt Baron and guest star Geena Davis speaks volumes about the size and talent of the cast more than anything else.

GLOW has certainly had problems in the past with properly servicing all its characters but has always got away with it thanks to the great work from the actors. Season three goes some ways into fixing that problem but hasn’t quite nailed it just yet.

The increased focus on the characters has had a trickle-down effect on the narrative’s pacing, which is perhaps the most uneven one yet. Season three’s storyline doesn’t quite coherently gel as a whole and its parts feel greater than the sum of the whole.

But despite some cracks appearing, GLOW continues to chug along due to the brilliant work of its cast, the layered characters and the show’s exploration into heady themes like feminism, the patriarchy and the pitfalls of showbusiness.

Season three is messy, painful and fun, not unlike the G.L.O.W Las Vegas stage show, and that’s why it remains compelling.

The Bachelor Isn't Just Winning Hearts And Handing Out Roses, He's Also Helping To, Uh, Discover Alien Worlds

Hey, every Bachelor has to have a hobby.

In case you’ve missed it, Australia’s new Bachelor, Matt Agnew, is an astrophysicist and is incredibly *checks notes* smart. Hell, he’s only one gamma radiation accident away from turning into a super good-looking version of the Incredible Hulk.

So it should be no surprise to anyone that when he isn’t charming everyone in Australia or handing out roses to the women on The Bachelor, he’s, uh, helping to discover alien worlds.

Professor Jonti Horner, who was the external supervisor for Matt’s PhD work prior to his ascendancy as the latest Bachelor heartthrob, revealed on The Conversation that Matt’s PhD work is “amazing” and it will prove to be important in the search for new alien worlds.

Now I’m no science or astro whiz so I’m going to do my best to understand what’s going on here and why Matt’s work is so crucial.

The problem for astronomers in this field of alien world prospecting is that they’re discovering new stars, planets and systems way too fast for the amount of available resources they have to properly keep up and analyse.

Since astronomers are forced to work more efficiently, it makes more sense to go looking for new worlds in areas where we know there are planets exist rather than painstakingly scanning every inch of a host star looking for a new planet and hoping they strike gold.

This is where Matt’s work comes in.

His PhD revolves around using computers to simulate planets and systems, thereby narrowing down undiscovered areas of space to places where planets are almost certain to exist. These computer simulations can cover “millions of virtual years” in “a few hours, or a few days at most”, which is a massive resource saver.

So in short, rather than have astronomers looking at space through telescopes and spending inordinate amounts of time and resources hoping to find an alien world, Matt’s work will help narrow down the spots where astronomers should look for new planets and get everyone will be able to get home from work in time to watch The Bachelor.

It seems like Matt Agnew, astrophysicist and Bachelor, is here to charm, give out roses and prospect for new alien worlds. And he’s already done the first two.

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