HEALTH: Men and women behave differently during pandemic lockdowns

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HEALTH:

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Oct. 12, 2021 (HealthDay News) — How do men and women respond to a crisis?

A look at their behavior during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 offers a clue: Women flocked to their phones for long conversations with a few trusted contacts.

Men were unhappy at being held up and decided to get out as soon as possible, European researchers report.

” The total shut down of public life was like an experiment for the entire population,” stated Tobias Reisch, Complexity Science Hub Vienna (CSH). “We were curious about the extent to which people supported anti-Corona government measures. We found striking behavioral differences between women and men when we analysed the data by gender. “

For the study, CSH looked at mobile phone data from 1.2 million Austrians. These records showed that people called more frequently after the lockdown was lifted.

“Interestingly, they talked to fewer people than usual — but with these few, they spoke longer,” Reisch said.

After Austria locked down on March 16, 2020, women-to-women calls were up to 1.5 times longer than before, and calls from men to women were nearly twice as long as before.

When women called men, they talked 80% longer, while the length of calls between men rose by 66%, the findings showed.

Researcher Georg Heiler said, “Of course, we don’t know the content or purpose of these calls. Yet, literature from the social sciences provides evidence — mostly from small surveys, polls, or interviews — that women tend to choose more active strategies to cope with stress, such as talking with others. This is what our study shows. “

Researchers also discovered that mobility differences between men and women were magnified during the lockdown. Women were more likely to limit trips outside of their homes and stay there for longer periods than men.

Phone data revealed that

Men went to large areas of Vienna and to a shopping center during the lockdown. And once restrictions were lifted, they returned to their usual pre-pandemic habits.

On the one hand, the authors said their study offers support for research in psychology and the social sciences — including a look at new questions from data evaluations.

Continued

“We are also providing concrete information to policymakers that can be used to plan in an emergency, flow into more targeted health planning or lead to considerations about how to make society more gender-equitable,” stated Stefan Thurner, CSH president.

The findings were published online Sept. 28 in Scientific Reports.

More information

For answers to common questions about COVID-19, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SOURCE: Complexity Science Hub Vienna, news release, Sept. 28, 2021

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