TUESDAY, October 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) – How do men and women respond to a crisis?
A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 restriction in 2020 offers an idea: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts.
Men, who were cowards because they were trapped, went on their way as fast as possible, European researchers report.
“The total shutdown of public life was like a population-wide living experiment,” said researcher Tobias Reisch of Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH). “We were interested in the extent to which people supported the anti-Corona measures put in place by the government. When we analyzed the data by gender, we found surprisingly strong behavioral differences between men and women.”
For the study, CSH looked at cellphone data of 1.2 million Austrians. The records reveal that people called much longer after the closure was instituted.
“Interestingly, they talked to fewer people than usual – but with this couple, they talked longer,” Reisch said.
After Austria closed on 16 March 2020, calls between women were up to 1.5 times longer than before, and calls from men to women were almost twice as long as before.
When women called men, they spoke 80% longer, while calls between men increased by 66%.
Researcher Georg Heiler said: “Of course we do not know the content or purpose of these calls. Yet literature from the social sciences provides evidence – mostly from small surveys, opinion polls or interviews – that women tend to choose more active strategies to handle tension, such as talking to others. Our study would confirm this. “
The researchers also found that differences in mobility between men and women were strengthened before confinement during confinement, with women restricting travel outside their home more and longer than men.
According to the phone, men flocked to a large recreation area in Vienna and a shopping center. And once the restrictions are lifted, they return to their usual pre-pandemic habits.
On the one hand, the authors said that their study provides support for research in psychology and the social sciences – including a look at new questions from data evaluations.