Call it ego, machismo or downright delusional behaviour, but men are more likely than women to "oversexualize" conversations and incorrectly assume sexual interest, a new study says.
The study doesn't explain why this happens, but don't we girls know why - it's called being friendly:
"Behaviour that looks like she is engaged in the conversation, may actually be taken as signs of sexual interest, as opposed to what she intends, which is friendliness,"...
What I did find interesting in this article is that this could lead to further studies that might explain the roots of sexual harassment and date rape.
The researchers claim that all men are susceptible to this. Some "more sensitive" men are less susceptible. Hence the article ends with advice to both genders:
For men the recommendation is to take a step back and remember that you probably misinterpret her reaction to you.
For women it's the following:
be aware this may well be a judgment he is making almost regardless of what you're doing.Yes, yes, we know...