Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who's happier, men or women?

We used to joke on that when we were kids and argued about why should we wear a skirt and not pants. We said that we would have liked to be boys (we=girls) and that this would have made our life easier. Years after we decided we wouldn't have changed this for anything and would have had a laugh remembering how we used to disguise ourselves in boys in order to be allowed to play football :-)

I was reading a nice article today, about American women but some of the traits depicted there are also valid in the European culture. So after years of fighting for their rights are women less happy than men? Is this because the times changed and what seemed to be a reason to be happy years ago is now just a regular possession?

I think the study reflects again that happiness has nothing to do with the rights we have, with the money and status one can get, with the societal development we are witnessing. Sometimes I wonder how many studies will they make in order to discover that happiness doesn' t proportionally vary with all these factors (Not to mention splitting this between men and women...in my opinion men don't tend to over analyze questions and that's why they give pretty balanced and fair answers).
However there are some interesting results in the study that help us understand what was considered to make women happy in the '70 and what is now.

Check the abstract below :-)
By many objective measures the lives of women in the United States have improved over the past 35 years, yet we show that measures of subjective well-being indicate that women's happiness has declined both absolutely and relative to men. The paradox of women's declining relative well-being is found across various datasets, measures of subjective well-being, and is pervasive across demographic groups and industrialized countries. Relative declines in female happiness have eroded a gender gap in happiness in which women in the 1970s typically reported higher subjective well-being than did men. These declines have continued and a new gender gap is emerging -- one with higher subjective well-being for men.

So, what do you think? Who's happier? Happymakers excluded :-)

PS: They don't call women "Drama Queens" for nothing :-)

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