- Women’s Attention Trails Off From their Partners Once Granddaughters Arrive -

By Monica Wilson on February 13, 2018

On a study involving three million mobile phone subscribers, researchers from the University of Oxford revealed that women’s time and attention shifts to their daughters than to their partners as they reach the age of 45.

According to the researchers, women are more strategically driven as compared to men when it comes to finding a partner. During their twenties, women are more intense with their feelings for the opposite sex. They also spend more time and effort maintaining an intimate relationship with their hubbies than men would. But as they grow older and reach the age of 45 and up, everything changes. Instead of spending more time with their hubbies, women are more likely to invest more attention to their grandchildren.

How did researchers arrive on this conclusion?

For more than 7 months, researchers analysed the number and rate of contacts that each subscriber made to the person they called or texted the most. They tagged this person as the subscriber’s best friend. The researchers were able to cover a total of 2 billion phone calls and half a million of text messages. After gathering data, they ranked each of the subscriber’s best friends in first, second, and third place.

What are their findings?

They found that men’s closest contacts were their partners (wives or girlfriends) but the frequency isn’t that intense as the women’s. Women from their early 20s were found to have contacted more of the opposite sex. But this trend trails off as they reach the age of 45. At this point, women were found to be more in touch with their daughters than their sons or husbands and this continues even when they reach the age of 60. Although men spend more time contacting their daughters during their 50s, they only spend half as much time for it than women did. Meanwhile, men were found to be less strategic in communicating with their loved ones.

Women found to be gender-biased

Even though men in their 50s called their daughters more often than they did before, men communicated mostly with their wives. The researchers considered it as a striking tendency to have greater gender balance in their close relationships. Consequently, men didn’t show any sign of gender discrimination where their own children were concerned. On the other hand, women were shown to more gender-biased when it comes to selecting people who they want to maintain close contact with.

Professor Robin Dunbar from the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at the University of Oxford, a co-author of the study pointed out that their research suggests that the intimate structure of social networks is mostly driven by women’s interest than by men’s. Women know what their social goals are and they would go for them, he added.

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