TUESDAY, 10/12/2021 (HealthDay News) – How do men and women react to a crisis?
A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: women flocked to their phones to have long conversations with some trusted contacts.
Men who were upset about being locked up got on their way as quickly as possible, European researchers report.
“The total shutdown of public life was like a population-wide live experiment,” says researcher Tobias Reisch from the Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH). “We were interested in the extent to which people supported the anti-corona measures imposed by the government. When we analyzed the data by gender, we found surprisingly large differences in behavior between men and women. “
For the study, CSH looked at mobile phone data from 1.2 million Austrians. The records showed that people had much longer phone calls after the lockdown was imposed.
“Interestingly, they spoke to fewer people than usual – but with these few they spoke longer,” said Reisch.
After Austria was blocked on March 16, 2020, calls from women to 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 talked 80% longer, while the duration of the conversation between men increased by 66%, the results showed.
Researcher Georg Heiler said, “Of course we don’t know the content or purpose of these calls. However, the social science literature provides evidence – mostly from small surveys, polls, or interviews – that women tend to be more active in making choices.” Stress management strategies such as talking to others. Our study would confirm that. “
The researchers also found that before the lockdown, the mobility gap between men and women increased during the lockdown, with women restricting travel outside their home more and for longer than men.
Men flocked to a large recreational area in Vienna and a shopping mall during the lockdown, phone data showed. And once the restrictions were lifted, they returned to their normal pre-pandemic habits.
On the one hand, with their study, the authors offer support for research in psychology and the social sciences – including a look at new questions from data evaluations.