Men are More Forgetful than Women

Updated at: Jan 28, 2014
Men are More Forgetful than Women

A study in Norway has shown that men happen to forget more than women. The result was reached after questioning 48,000 participants on how well they remember things.

Arka Roy Chowdhury
LatestWritten by: Arka Roy ChowdhuryPublished at: Jan 28, 2014

men forget more than womenA Norwegian study has now suggested that men tend to forget more than women, so ladies can now go easy when they happen to forget every special day, including anniversaries!

The study that was published in the journal BMC Psychology wasn’t exactly very definitive because it didn’t really test memory in a direct way. Instead, it had relied on the answers to the questions pertaining to memory.

Jostein Holmen, who is a professor with the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said in a statement, "It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before. It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous.”

The research had reached the conclusions after questioning 48,000 participants on how well they remember things. The result showed that men had poorer memories than women.

Jostein Holmen also said, "We have speculated a lot about why men report more frequent problems with remembering than women do, but have not been able to find an explanation.  This is still an unsolved mystery."

Researchers found in the study that memory problems did not really accelerate over time in men and women, but the pace stepped up by the time the participants were in their 60s.

Those who were anxious, depressed or had less education were more forgetful, at least judging by their own recollections of their memory skills, the researchers said.


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