Manual claim slur on men
MEN may have a reputation for ignoring instructions, but a study claims women are less likely to check the manual first.
Men are more inclined to read technical instructions on electronic devices and kitchen appliances, with women, the young and the highly educated most likely to give up.
Researchers from Queensland University of Technology surveyed 170 people over seven years on their use of instructions for everything from dishwashers to remote controls. Participants read the manual only 25 per cent of the time, with women about 2½ times more likely to ignore them. Men were about 1.3 times more likely to do the same.
The study has won an Ig Nobel award, for research that makes people “first laugh and then think”.