Saturday, July 19, 2008

Multitasking is linked to the X chromosome

Reflections from the backcounter

I am convinced that the ability to do more than one thing at a time is definitely linked to the X chromosome. Women of course have two of these chromosomes and as a result are master multitaskers. The next time you are talking on the phone arranging how and when to pick up your child from their activity and you find that you have emptied the dishwasher, folded a load of laundry and answered the door to sign for a package, remember this post. Women are wired differently and thank heaven for that because in a typical woman's life, there are no large chunks of time available to complete ANYTHING. Mother's of young children are acutely aware of the fact that they cannot even carve out a personal bathroom moment!!!! Consequently, a woman hones her multitasking skills as she journies through the progressively more complex phases of her life. Childrearing, household managment and the juggle of work and home are the playing fields where women practice their abilities to organize, delegate, direct and complete a weeks worth of tasks in an afternoon.
If the multitasking gene is on the X chromosome...shouldn't men be able to do at least one thing more than one thing at a time? There is after all one operating X chromosome....Gotta go...gotta get my 16 y.o. boy back on task.



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