7. Women cry on average between 30 and 64 times a year while Men cry between 6 and 17 times.
The German Society of Ophthalmology concludes that women cry on an average for about six minutes, while men tend towards two to four minutes. After collating several studies on crying, they discovered that crying turns to sobbing in 65% of cases for women, compared to only 6% for men. No difference between the sexes was found, however, until the period of adolescence.(source)
8. The average woman in the UK owns 19 pairs of shoes but wears only 7.
A survey commissioned by the Diamond insurance company found that two-thirds of the average woman’s show stash never sees the light of day. One in 20 also admitted to owning more than 50 pairs of shoes, 10% saying that they buy at least 10 pairs of shoes every year.
Diamond insurance company’s spokesperson Natalie Grimshare said:
“According to our study, the average woman owns twice as many shoes as her partner. For some women their shoe spending habits have even caused arguments. As many as one in eight of the women we questioned told us they’ve argued with their partner either about the amount they spend on shoes or the sheer number of pairs they own.”
All for the love of Louboutins.(source)
9. Worldwide, women earn US$18 trillion but spend US$28 trillion.
An article published by the Harvard Business Review presents these statistics:
Women make the decision in the purchases of 94% of home furnishings, 92% of vacations, 91% of homes, 60% of automobiles, 51% of consumer electronics.
Combined with the money spent on the multi-trillion dollar beauty industry worldwide, women are spending much more than they can afford to. Wage disparities, societal pressures and the ever-increasing cost of living pretty much guarantees that. Women may be ruling the world economy right now, but that title betrays a darker reality that most fail to see.(source)
10. An average woman in the UK will own 111 handbags in her lifetime.
Researchers have found that the average 30-year-old woman owns 21 handbags and buys a new one every three months. That is around 111 bags over the course of a lifetime, totaling up to £8,000 spent. 5% of the 1,500 women that were surveyed even admitted to owning more than 100 handbags at the time. An average bag costs £76, with prices skyrocketing for more premium brands.
Angela Poplett, a shopper at Lakeside, Essex (who commissioned the study), said:
“Often women buy a new handbag to suit a certain outfit and don’t want to throw it away after just one use so keep hold of it to use again one day. Maggie Thatcher started the trend with her love for handbags and today’s celebrities such as Sienna Miller, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie have followed in her footsteps – so much so that I like to call this handbag obsession ‘Sienna Miller Syndrome’.” (source)
11. Over 80% of women wear the wrong bra size.
Don’t we all ladies know the struggle. Research shows that women with larger breasts tend to buy bras that are too small for them, while smaller-breasted women do the opposite. The culprit is mainly the annoyingly varied manufacturing standards. This makes finding that perfect bra a Herculean task.
Because of this, women stick with one kind of bra that appears to fit, through any weight gain or loss. In a UK survey, 99% of over 2,000 women between the ages of 16 to 75 who had a bra fitting said that fit was the least important factor when picking a bra.(source)
12. Shorter women have shorter pregnancies, a study found.
A group of researchers led by Louis Muglia studied 3,500 mothers and their babies in Finland, Denmark and Norway. The data suggested that shorter mothers had shorter pregnancies. Smaller babies too had a higher risk for preterm births. Muglia said,
“Our study suggests it is the mom’s height itself that is helping to determine the length of gestation. It’s part of the equation.”
Every 1-centimeter increase in height equalled to about 0.4 days in gestation. This might sound like a small number, but statistically, its significance is unparalleled. The paper, published in the PLOS Medicine journal, attempted to combat the issue of preterm birth that affects babies in the millions every year.(source)