Women have a stronger moral compass than men, according to a survey of 60,000 people from 200 countries.
“Women prefer to make their decisions based on how it impacts others, which tends to produce better decisions, while men have a more individual approach and are more self-interested,” professor and self-professed ”corporate philosopher” Roger Steare told the Daily Mail.
Participants answered questions in an online ”Moral DNA test,” and rated statements about themselves such as, “I always honour people’s trust in me.” They were also quizzed about whether others in their lives consider them honest.
The researchers then slotted respondents into personality types: philosopher, judge, angel, teacher, enforcer or guardian.
It turned out men did not behave charitably in the office: “What this shows is that when it comes to work, men have to grow up, put their ego to one side and show some humility and compassion, qualities they all too often have in their personal lives but put to one side when they walk into the office,” Prof. Steare said.
Predictably, the survey has elicited anger, with women and men blasting each other but many also slamming their own sex.
“Being more moral than the average under-30 man is like winning a race with a snail and a tortoise,” a guy named Ari wrote on Jezebel’s comment board.
“Women deploy different forms of deception,” Leigh Vernier observed at the Telegraph. “Women are more consensus-minded than men. Less aggressive, although the gap is closing.”
“Let none of us forget that in the very ‘beginning’ it was the woman who was deceived and not the man,” a solemn “Mrs. Sonbeam” added at the Telegraph.
The study found that men and women reach the peak of their “intellectual and moral powers” in their early 60s, when obedience decreases and reason spikes, “a logical occurrence as we make the transition from youth to experience,” said Prof. Steare, adding that the crossover begins to happen some time in the mid-30s.
The limitation in all of this, of course, was that the answers all involved self-reporting – so maybe men are just more honest with themselves?
Do you believe women have a stronger moral compass than men? Or do you find broad generalizations about the sexes not useful?