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Women likelier than men to get irked at boorish behavior

Washington: Women may be friendlier than men, but when it comes to irksome behavior, females are the ones more sensitive towards it than their male counterparts, according to a recent study.

The research led by a Michigan State University psychology professor suggests women are more likely than men to get irked at irritating or boorish behavior exhibited by acquaintances, friends or partners.

Researcher Christopher J. Hopwood said that women generally are more sensitive to other people’s annoying behavior than men, adding that they’re maybe more socially aware, on average, and so perhaps it’s easier for them to pick out things that are annoying than men are.

The study, based on a survey of 235 people, set out to evaluate whether women and men differ in their sensitivities to the aversive behavior of the people with whom they interact.

The study examined a number of aversive behaviors such as being antagonistic, controlling and overly or inappropriately affectionate.

The findings are compelling, the study notes, because of the cultural implications they have for understanding detrimental behavior that could lead to relationship problems.

The findings appear in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.(ANI)