Men kind of suck at relationships, study says
Unfortunately this is a story that will likely confirm the stereotype that men are swine when it comes to love. According to a new study, men are more likely than women to develop negative feelings toward their partner after being confronted with an attractive flirt. Women, on the other hand, tend to protect their relationships after being hit on.
Wow, so if I'm hearing this correctly, if a good-looking woman makes a pass at me, I'm bound to resent my girlfriend? That's cold.
The author makes an interesting point toward the end, that women are often socialized to perceive sexual advances as a threat, whereas men are usually just happy to be there. I think that's true, but I'm still not sure about the resentment bit. What do you think?
ps. I highly recommend the video.
New research from McGill University suggests attached men are more likely than attached women to harbour negative feelings toward their partner after an attractive singleton makes a move, according to the study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
Women are more likely to view the flirtation as a threat to their relationship and are driven to protect it, the study showed.
Researchers put 724 heterosexual college-age men and women involved in serious relationships through seven lab tests to measure their response to temptation. In one, a member of the opposite sex either flirted with them or ignored them. Afterward, participants filled out a survey saying how they would react if a partner confessed to something like forgetting their anniversary.
When flirted with, males were 12 per cent less likely to brush off their partner's blunder. Meanwhile, females were 17.5 per cent more likely to forgive their partner. Lead study author John Lydon says the results may stem from men not being socialized to be wary of attractive strangers in the same way women are.