There’s no better way to start this one off than with a quote from the beloved Robert A. Heinlein: Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Capable of inspiring poetry or starting a war without so much as a flick of their wrists, women, we can all agree, are maddeningly complex creatures. We bring you 18 interesting (and fun) facts about women that will probably give you better insight into the female psyche.
Note: None of these are meant to be generalized to the entirety of the female population. Don’t lynch us, please. Stay cool like Fonzie here, okay? 😉
1. The average amount of time a woman can keep a secret is 47 hours and 15 minutes.
Two days. A Wines of Chile commissioned study surveyed 3000 women between the ages of 18 and 65 and discovered that four in ten women could not keep a secret. No matter how personal or damage-inducing the secret, more than half of that number admitted that a few glasses of wine could make the process that much easier. The study also concluded that boyfriends, husbands, best friends and mothers as initial recipients of the information were most likely.
UK Director of Wines of Chile, Michael Cox said:
“We were really keen to find out with this survey how many secrets people are told. What we didn’t bank on was quickly these are passed on by those we confide in. No matter how precious the piece of information, it’s often out in the p
howublic domain within 48 hours. That means every single Brit who has confided in a friend should be worried because they don’t know where their secret is heading.
The average woman hears three pieces of gossip every week and will probably pass it on to at least one more person. Three in ten women are compelled to reveal secrets, two-thirds feel guilty after doing it and only three-quarters claim that they can be fully trusted to keep a secret to themselves. What’s more, more than four in ten women consider it a-okay to share a friend’s secret with someone who does not personally know them. Mr. Cox adds,
“The fact they offload gossip to someone completely unrelated to the matter or in a different social group can be comforting, but while nine in ten girls deem themselves trustworthy – they still have spilt the beans.”
Thankfully, 27% revealed that they didn’t remember what they were told the next day.(source)
2. Women think about their appearance 9 times a day, a UK survey found.
A poll conducted for a shopping channel QVC suggests that British women think about their appearance nine times a day and would not leave the house without putting on a lipstick at the very least. 30% of women admitted that their beauty regime is the last thing on their minds before they hit the sack and 16% say it is the first thing they think about when they wake up.
The survey found that more than a third of the women said that their only worry was looking good for other women than impressing men. For that percentage, their preoccupation with cosmetics could be about boosting their own confidence rather than vanity. Interestingly, women in the north-west of the country think about their appearance at least once an hour, which is more than any other region.(source)
3. Women spend nearly one year of their lives deciding what to wear.
A recent study by Matalan found that women spend an average of 15 minutes every morning deciding what to wear. After compiling the results from polling 2,491 women, they concluded that the average woman spends 287 days on this activity. On weeknights, it increases to 20 minutes and 52 minutes for planning a holiday wardrobe. The study also discovered that women will try on two outfits each morning before arriving at a final decision.(source)
4. Women speak about 20,000 words a day. That’s 13,000 more than the average man.
A recent study conducted by researchers from the U.S. suggests that women are more talkative due to the presence of higher levels of a certain protein in the brain. Foxp2, also known as the ‘language protein’, causes females to be chattier. In a lab trial on rats, it was found that this protein was dominant in male rats, not in females.
Researcher Margaret McCarthy says:
“Based on our observations, we postulate higher levels of Foxp2 in girls and higher levels of Foxp2 in male rats is an indication that Foxp2 protein levels are associated with the more communicative sex.”
Previous studies have also shown that the love of small talk and chit-chat begins at a significantly younger age for females. Girls learn to speak more quickly than their male counterparts and utter their first words and sentences much earlier. It has also been observed that girls have larger vocabularies and tend to use a greater variety of sentences than boys of the same age.(source)
5. It is legal for a woman to be topless in public in New York, as long as it’s not for business purposes.
With #FreeTheNipple going viral on Twitter and Scout Willis recently posting shirtless photos of herself on NYC’s sidewalks, the issue of double-standard with women’s bodies and nudity has gained a powerful voice. New York City, for example, is well-appreciated for its “topless freedom”, albeit with some restrictions.
Police officers can still arrest citizens for behaving in a disorderly fashion, but they cannot do the same for women who go shirtless in locations where it is acceptable for men to do the same. As of now, more than fifteen states in the U.S. advocate some degree of “toplessness equality”.(source)
6. Short female drivers that sit close to the steering wheel are the most likely to be killed by an air bag.
A study conducted by the Vehicle Safety Research Centre of Loughborough University in the UK found that shorter women are more susceptible to interaction with the airbag as it deploys. Drivers less than 160 cm (5 feet 2 inches) in height (and that means women and men) have a significantly higher probability of severe pelvis and lower extremity injury.(source)