Men are the forgetful ones, right ladies? Anniversaries, birthdays, rides home from work. Is it a vicious myth or could it perhaps be true?
It’s true, men are more forgetful, but perhaps only slightly
It may not provide any solace that a recent study shows it’s true. Investigators analyzed 37,405 men and women aged 30 years and older who were part of a longitudinal population health study in Norway. Participants were asked nine questions about their memory. Had their memory changed since they were younger? Do they have problems remembering dates? What events happened just a few day ago? A few years ago?
Young men just as bad as older men
Half the participants reported memory problems. Of these 1.2% were women and 1.6% were men. For eight out of nine questions, men reported the most problems. While memory problems increased with age, it was worse for men than women. They actually found that younger men forget just as much as older men. “It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before. It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous,” noted Prof. Jostein Holmen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Gender differences are a mystery
The difference could be linked to risk factors for cardiovascular disease, like high blood pressure or high body mass index. These factors are more prevalent in men, but there’s no evidence. “We have speculated a lot about why men report more frequent problems with remembering than women do but have not been able to find an explanation. This is still an unsolved mystery,” explained Prof. Holmen.
Source: MedicalNewsToday, BMC Psychology