Why men brag more than women

Comment on this story
xmas party sxc.JPG sxc.hu 'The reason for men being more boastful than women stems from traditional male and female roles.'

London - Men brag more often than women and are more likely to lie to cover up their personal shortcomings, a study shows.

Seventy percent admit to blowing their own trumpet – compared with only 54 percent of women.

And 46 percent admit they claim to be skilled in areas they know little about.

Commenting on the poll, Cary Cooper, a psychologist at Lancaster University, said men are conditioned to be more competitive than women.

“The reason for men being more boastful than women stems from traditional male and female roles,” he said.

“In the past, men were more likely to be the main breadwinners, with a need to boast to achieve success within the competitive male-dominated workplace.

“Outside the workplace, boasting may be used by men for impressing members of the opposite sex.”

The figures were based on a poll of 2 000 people by trainline.com, a travel ticket firm. The survey also shows that we are more likely to be boastful and to show off when we are young.

Fifty-six percent of 18- 24-year-olds exaggerate their skills, compared with 26 percent of over-55s. The research found that men in particular struggle to admit to things they are bad at (22 percent). - Daily Mail

Get our free Lifestyle newsletter - subscribe here...

Visit IOL Lifestyle on Facebook

Follow @IOLlifestyle on Twitter



sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.