Are women less focused than men?

Greece
October 12, 2012 8:18am CST
A recent discussion made me wonder about women getting distracted more often than men. Is this true or are we mostly needing to multi-task and this is one of our assets? Join me for a moment - I go upstairs to make the beds, I notice that the linen box is full, I glance into the bathroom and see that the bath needs a clean and the toilet roll is running empty. I see my reflexion in the bathroom mirror and realise I have not yet combed my hair or put on any make-up. I put the dirty washing into the machine, I clean the bath, I renew the toilet roll, I comb my hair and I go downstairs only to remember that the beds need making! Can anyone identify with me or am I just a woman who is easily distracted?
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
13 Oct 12
It is because men only do one thing--look after themselves. Women have to worry about everything and everyone. There are just too many tasks to be done that we do not know what to accomplish first and last. Men, however, have only one goal at a time.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
Very well said;-)
• United States
12 Oct 12
Not really. I know a lot of women who are way more focused than men are, but the thing is, the minute that you get married and have a family, you focus shifts because you now have those people to worry about.
• Greece
12 Oct 12
I agree totally, once a woman has a family the focus switches off of them onto the rest of the family and then we add the distractions of caring for others. A narrow focus gradually becomes a much wider one - rather like opening up a torch beam. Aren't we women flexible people!
@GemmaR (8526)
12 Oct 12
I think that a lot of people think that women achieve less than men, but I don't believe that it is true. One of the main things that is a problem is the fact that women have to take time out of their career to have children which means that they might not have as much time as men to be able to climb the career ladder. I think that women can be more focussed, and the amount of work that they can get done around the house during the day can be really amazing, even though a lot of people don't seem to class it as work for some reason.
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• Greece
12 Oct 12
'a lot of people' being of the male gender I presume. For some reason work around the house is reckoned on being much easier than work outside the house. Men retire women don't, not really, but try telling a man that...
• United States
12 Oct 12
As someone who cannot just sit and watch TV even I guess I cannot concentrate on one thing. I sit there and knit or quilt, I get all twitchy doing only one thing..lol
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• Greece
12 Oct 12
I used to do a bit of knitting in front of the TV, now you have given me the twitch to get those knitting needles out again. Since most TV is a waste of time you at least have something to show for it.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
12 Oct 12
Well, women seem to be more focused on 'getting it all done'. I've experienced the exact things that you describe. One thing always leads to another and I start out to complete one task only to be led into about fifteen others. This is definitely an asset and not 'distraction'. Most men can't, don't, or won't do it.
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• Greece
12 Oct 12
Yes and I am afraid it is how their mothers have brought them up. The problem for women is that these tasks never come to an end, it is like painting the Eiffel Tower.
@celticeagle (119215)
• Boise, Idaho
12 Oct 12
I think that some women(and men)are more focused than others. I have always been a multi-tasker. Drives me crazy to not be doing several things at once. Usually Mylotting and watching tv. Haha Less focused? No. Just less able to find any of it really serious I think. Maybe?
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• India
17 Mar 13
I think yes, women do not make that much focuse on work because all time our mind is here and there. but men are more focuse. even men use their left side of brain more than ladies. we used our right part of brain more. that also can be a reason for it.
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
13 Mar 13
Hi, In India the society is men oriented. Generally women are less focused than men. They are working in all the fields with men. But they have to many tasks. But I always think that in western or European countries this would not like this.
• India
2 Mar 13
I feel that women are more focused than men are. Of course women need to multitask, and that is why focus is often being pulled in so many directions, but we handle that gracefully.
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
16 Jan 13
I do not think that woman are less focused than men as a rule. From what I've observed in life the problem may be that women have more to focus on than men typically do. Think about it. Frequently it is women who are doing the majority of the housekeeping, childcare, plus working and volunteering. No wonder we, as a gender, tend to forget.
@sjvenden27 (1850)
• United States
13 Oct 12
I dont think you are easily distracted.. Your a woman that is trying to keep up with the endless little things that need to be done... Those little things can easily take up your whole day and still feel like you havent accomplished anything.. Women generally (not all) have several full time jobs.. A typical 9 to 5 work day at the "office", then there is taking care of the kids making sure that their fed, clean, content, and not getting into trouble.. along with trying to make the most of the time that you have with them.. Then there's that endless job the house.. Something always needs to be cleaned, restocked, and or picked up.. Not putting the men down or nothing.. but from my own experinces with some men.. your lucky if they change the toliet roll and take the trash out.. If men had the same work load as a women then one of two things will happen.. One the work load will be more even; or both would be distrated easily lol!!