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Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

John McLaggan
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Everyone has probably heard of the theory that females can handle multiple tasks at once, better than males can. This gives the girls multitasking superiority over us boys, which my female friends are always quick to point out. There have been many psychological tests to investigate this theory, but let's be honest - who wants to read pages of boring text when instead you can play an addictive flash game?

Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

Let's get started...

Multitask, as with all addictive flash games is extremely simple because all you have to do is press left and right to balance a ball on a beam to stop it falling off. Your score adds up the longer you last.

Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

Ok, still seems easy

Just as you start to wonder where multitasking comes into the game, you'll be introduced to the next stage of the game where you have to balance the ball and move a marker up and down to avoid incoming spikes. Still seems easy enough..

Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

Now it gets tricky

The addition of a third element ramps up the difficulty and starts the frustration. A small box needs to be moved using the WASD keys to touch another box, within ten seconds of it appearing. Aside from trying to watch all three elements of the game, having two sets of directional controls is initially confusing.

Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

Argh, not more!

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, a fourth section is added where you press the space bar to avoid the obstacles. Lasting any amount of time at this stage of the game is a challenging feat. It's debatable whether the game is testing multitasking or more simply spatial awareness, as after a couple of runs it does become much easier to manage the multiple directional controls. However, I may well be wrong and the female gamers will be able to excel - what's your best score?  I'm off to try and better mine...

Can Girls Multitask Better Than Boys?

Am I going to be ashamed?

Add a comment9 comments
Emma Kelly  Aug. 21, 2009 at 13:19

Ahhh dude, I got 57 points on my first try. I am ashamed to have let down the female side - will have to practice more!

Lydia Low  Aug. 21, 2009 at 14:26

Oh dear. I only got 37 points. I hope that was just because it was my first go!

Martin  Aug. 21, 2009 at 14:32

Fungame. 89 first go, 122 second.

No doubt the ladies will say men do better as this is not multi-tasking, it is a computer game.

Mark  Aug. 21, 2009 at 15:55

1045 points on my first go.

Nigel  Aug. 21, 2009 at 16:28

40 on 1st (

Tasha  Aug. 21, 2009 at 16:42

This is going to be so addictive! 55 first go, will have to keep trying for the girlies! :(

Sam Bell  Aug. 21, 2009 at 16:47

Played a few times, 87 best score. Looks like the lads are taking the lead!

John McLaggan  Aug. 21, 2009 at 16:53

Ok, finally managed to get up to 135 although I should have known it would get harder again at 120. Great to see the boys are fighting well for their side!

Chris  May. 8, 2010 at 13:47

First game, got 51, was distracted by getting a text lol.

Had the ball in equilibrium for a bit though so was able to forget about it :p


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