Women may be more friendly than men, but when it comes to an annoying behavior, women are more sensitive to it than their male counterparts, according to a recent study.
The research led by professor of psychology at Michigan State University suggests that women are more likely than men to get angry about the annoying or rude behavior exhibited by acquaintances, friends or partners.
Researcher Christopher J Hopwood said that women are generally more sensitive to the disruptive behavior of others than men, adding that they are perhaps greater social awareness, on average, so maybe it’s easier for them to pick things that are annoying than men.
The study, based on a survey of 235 people, set out to assess whether women and men differ in their sensitivity to aversive behavior of people with whom they interact.
The study examined a series of aversive behaviors such as antagonistic, controlling and overly affectionate or inappropriately.
The results are compelling, the study notes, because of the cultural implications for understanding disruptive behavior that could lead to relationship problems.
The findings appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.