An analysis of gender maturity gaps found that both men and women agree that men tend to remain immature well into their late 30s and early 40s.
Many of us have heard people say men continue to behave like infants, even in adulthood. Some also claim that women are the ones who add sophistication to the relationship when it comes to couples.
So scientists wanted to test whether this widespread belief was valid, and that is what they found.
Scientists were investigating the disparities in maturity and growth between men and women in a study at the University of Oxford. They then compared the results and concluded on the possible differences.
The study provides a scientific explanation for the popular notion that men take more time to “act their age” than women do. It’s rooted in the fact that the female brain establishes connections and “prunes” itself more quickly than the male brain, according to the study.
“It seems like the process starts a few years after birth and continues to take place until about 40 years old,” said Mic, co-author Sol Lim, a graduate student at Newcastle University in the UK.
She explained that the human brain anatomically and functionally undergoes major changes as we age, and these changes make the connections within our brain more efficient. Notably, Lim’s research has found that this process tends to happen to women at an earlier age than men, which may explain why some women appear to mature more quickly than men.
Why do men take longer to mature?
The purpose of the analysis was to discover the functions shift during the phase of maturation and which remain constant. Researchers looked through MRIs at the brains of 121 people aged 4 to 40 years. Tracking disparities when taking into account participants ‘ gender and age.
The result revealed that although both women’s and men’s brains essentially have the same ability to act in everyday life, men still experience some delay in long-term functional network growth compared to women.
It can continue for over 40 years.
Men and women at birth have roughly the same number of brain fibers. These fibers are creating a network that helps us learn and develop. As we get older, the brain finds a quicker way to get signals from one area to another. Think of it as having a face-to-face talk with someone over a noisy and crowded room, instead of shouting at them. Your message is more likely to be answered correctly, in a more direct message, rather than potentially losing your message in a noisy room. When the amount of fibers is simplified, more concentrated information is transmitted directly to the region of the brain they need to reach.
This process seems to occur earlier in females than males and could explain why in terms of maturity women tend to be ahead of the curve cognitively. Female brains are further along in the cycle of reorganization and may be functioning more effectively than a male’s for at least a few years.
What are your thoughts on these findings?