It’s time for another battle of the sexes: This is where we pit the genders against each other to see who comes out on top.
- Like when it comes to shopping, which gender gets themselves into the most trouble? It turns out men are just as likely as women to spend themselves into financial hardship. In a Stanford University study, 6% of women and 5.5% of men had symptoms of compulsive buying disorder. The study also found that the most compulsive shoppers were under 40 years old and earned less than $50-thousand dollars a year. So who comes out on top? Neither sex, really. It’s a lose-lose tie.
- Which gender takes more time off? The women win! Men are more likely to have unused vacation days. A study from the University of Cincinnati found that men don’t use vacation days because of tougher schedules, supervisory duties, and concerns about job security. Women end up taking their time off because they worry more about spending time with their families. But not taking a vacation increases the risk for heart disease and cuts productivity. That’s why the experts recommend taking at least 3 weeks a year. That amount of time would cut a woman's risk of heart attack in half, and reduce a man's by a third.
- Which gender spends more time with the kids? The news is good – mothers are spending more time with their kids today than they were 40 years ago. And that’s big news considering how many more moms work nowadays versus 40 years ago. Researchers at the University of Maryland found that women are putting less time into housekeeping to free up time for their kids. And Dads aren’t doing too badly either. Men are performing double the amount of housework they did 40 years ago. And children are spending more time with both parents. So who wins? The kids.