Wednesday, December 17, 2008

When the Conversation Turns Ugly

Had an interesting conversation with two fellow office workers (both women) the other day. All was going fine until things took a, well, ugly turn. What follows is a partial transcript of the conversation...

Person #1: There was a recent study where men and women were put in a controlled environment and given up to seven tasks to do simultaneously. Women, they found, were far better at multi-tasking then men.

NOTE: Personally, I’ve found this to be true as well. Mrs. MZM is ‘waaay better at accomplishing multiple things at once than I am. I prefer to do things in a more linear fashion. (And just for the record, ‘linear’ does not mean ‘lying down’.)

Person #2: Well, that’s no news. I’ve always been pretty good at handling lots of stuff.

Person #1: I think I might have a problem with seven, though.

Me: Sounds true to me; I’ve always told (Mrs. MZM) she would make a great project manager – multitasking pretty much describes the job.

Person #1 & #2: You’re probably right there!

Person #1: Also, in this same study, they put headphones on the men and women and played two different sets of instructions at the same time; one set in one ear, and one in the other. It turned out men were far better than women at blocking out one set and following the other.

Me: That’s true; men are much better at blocking out extraneous stuff and concentrating on one thing at a time.

Person #1 & #2: (nodding enthusiastically) You got that right! Selective hearing, for sure.

NOTE: Right about now I probably should have noticed the subtle warning signs. Alas, instead I blithely continued on...

Me: (protesting) Hey, it’s how our minds are built!

Person #2: Yeah, the problem is in getting your attention.

Me: (trying to lighten the mood a bit) Well, I suppose we could issue our wives Nerf guns...

NOTE: And here’s where the conversation took a decidedly bad turn –

Person #1: (laughing) A Nerf gun? Hey, you should just be glad it’s not a cattle prod!

Person #1 & #2: (both laughing uproariously)

NOTE: At this point I decided the most prudent course of action was to beat a strategic retreat...

7 comments:

Batman said...

It's the whole, left brain/right brain debate all over again, wrapped up differently. Women, for the most part, think relationally, while men think linearly, although, some men are better thinking relationally, while some women are better at linearly.

So, the battle of the sexes, not to be confused with the battle for the sexes, rages on....

And that's not even the weird part....

Brad Shorr said...

My wife continues to develop her ability to nearly complete an ever increasing number of projects. I am close to achieving my goal of being able to work on one thing at a time.

Robert Hruzek said...

@Batman - Heaven help us if we ever, y'know, get to the weird part!

Robert Hruzek said...

@Brad - Hey, worthy goals for each of you! Eventually you'll find yourselves converging upon the same time/space moment, and you'll wake up and find yourselves... in the Middle Zone! BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!

Tumblemoose said...

Brad, So your survival skills are just a teensy bit rusty but you still made it out alive. Good onya, mate!

Hey when does Robert need the cattle prod back? Christmas is just around the corner you know!

When I worked the ramp at FedEx I had a set of ear protectors. On the left one I had stenciled in big letters: IN. The Right one: OUT.

Hehe.

George

Robert Hruzek said...

Good one on the ear protectors, George. I'll have to remember than when I head for Durango next year.

Oh, and don't worry 'bout returning the prod - I haven't even told Mrs. MZM I took it! (snicker)

MusikManiacs said...

women nowadays are really going equal with men..in terms of work ethic!


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