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“Boys and their cars.” You’ve may have heard the following statement muttered between groups of women knowingly. But a recent study by researchers at City University in the United Kingdom suggests it’s just something they naturally gravitate towards from the moment they can crawl.
For this study, the researchers gathered a group of boys and girls, from 9 to 36 months old, along with a range of toys, and recorded which each gender played with and for how long. The information gathered found that the boys spent more time playing with cars and balls, while girls spent more time playing with the dolls and teddy bears. This, in the researchers’ conclusion, suggests that there is an “intrinsic bias” in children towards gender-typical toys.
According to City University researchers, this study is the first of its kind to find consistent and stable differences regarding the toy choices girls and boys younger than 18 months make. One researcher, Dr Brenda Todd, states, “Children of this age are already subject to a great deal of socialization, but these findings are consistent with the idea of an intrinsic bias in children to show interest in particular kinds of toys.”
So ladies, the next time your man is in the garage tinkering with his latest toy, stop before you admonish him for spending so much time with toy and not with you. It’s not his fault – he was born that way.
[Source: Kicking Tires via BBC News]