Hey, Guys: Women Are Better People Than You

And we all grow more moral as we age: study
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2012 11:26 AM CDT
Hey, Guys: Women Are Better People Than You
Women are more moral than men, especially as they get older, a study finds.   (Shutterstock)

Women are the more moral sex, making choices in light of others' needs, a study suggests. Men, on the other hand, tend to focus on themselves, the Telegraph reports. The female approach "tends to produce better decisions," says the philosopher who conducted the study. But both sexes become more moral as they get older, he notes. Roger Steare reviewed "Moral DNA test" surveys by some 60,000 volunteers in 200 countries. In the surveys, people assessed the truth of statements such as "I always honor people's trust in me" and guessed at how others would perceive them.

The study showed that "when it comes to work, men have to grow up, put their ego to one side, and show some humility and compassion," traits which they may have on a personal level. What's more, "obedience decreased with age, while reason increased—a logical occurrence as we make the transition from youth to experience," Steare added, citing a "crossover point" in our "mid-thirties, which is when we mature as adults." Our moral and intellectual capacity peaks in our early 60s, he said. (Read more women stories.)

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