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Study Finds Men Are Better Than Women At Assembling Furniture

A very popular thing to do these days is to drop knowledge bombs on others by debunking widely believed myths, particularly sexist ones. “Oh, you believe that men are better drivers? Well, actually…” That sort of thing. That’s probably why, when an IKEA executive claimed that actually, women are better at assembling our furniture than men, the internet hardly took notice. But it was a bold claim, and an intriguing one, which is why researchers from UiT The Arctic University of Norway decided to finally see who was better at assembling IKEA furniture – men, or women?

Rather than some innate building prowess, the IKEA executive’s claim was based on a simple premise: Women actually bother to read the instructions, saving them time in the long run. It’s also a profoundly believable premise (“sounds just like my husband, etc etc”), which is what makes the question so engaging. The study, published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, was equally simple: 40 men and 40 women were split into test groups and asked to build a piece of IKEA furniture. Some individuals had instructions, while others did not. In the end, they were evaluated on both the speed and accuracy (based on a 1 to 10 rating scale) of their builds.

The results? A blowout. On average, men took 22.48 minutes with instructions to complete the build, and 24.80 mins without. The women, on the other hand, averaged 23.65 minutes with instructions, and 28.44 minutes without. Not a huge difference with instructions, but the divide without instructions makes it clear just how much more the women benefited from having them. The men were also more accurate: They averaged a build rating of 8.9 with instructions, 7.6 without; the women averaged 7.5 with, and 5.7 without. Maybe don’t bring up the skill gap between you and your beloved next time you assemble IKEA furniture, though, as science has already proved that doing so can wreck a relationship.

Additional testing for things like mental rotating ability (being able to visualise a two-dimensional image rotated in space) revealed that there really is a large sex difference in spatial reasoning, which led to some odd correlations.
For instance, prior experience with furniture assembly and toys like LEGO was linked to improved performance in men, but not women. Even weirder, the ability to find routes on a map predicted better performance for men, but worse performance for women. The researchers don’t offer much of an explanation for this.

This was a small study, so all of the accompanying caveats apply, but it’s interesting to think that, somewhere deep down in the reptilian part of our brains, there really are some tasks men are better suited for than women.

A really simple change is saving thousands of cyclists every year

There’s a technique from the Netherlands that could stop thousands of drivers hitting cyclists with their car doors. The accident known as ‘dooring’ – when a driver opens their door into the road and hits an oncoming cyclist – is a daily occurrence.

Obviously, most drivers are eager to avoid this for the sake of other human beings, plus it’s illegal. So not being arrested is a good motive. According to ONS figures, 2016 has seen an increase of 5 per cent in the number of fatalities or serious injuries for cyclists on the road.

‘Dooring’ is hard to prevent when cycle lanes often place bikes between parked cars and traffic.

A technique known as ‘The Dutch Reach’ is completely free, and easy, for drivers to undertake. The ‘reach’ involves drivers using their hand which is furthest from the door to open it.

The motion across the body means the driver turns, looking back out of the window, increasing the odds they will see an oncoming cyclist, either in the wing mirror or once their head has turned to open the door. In the Netherlands it has proven so effective that there is no word for ‘dooring’ and ‘the reach’ is just part of driving education and culture.