Man­ual claim slur on men

The Sunday Times - - News -

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”.

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