Which gender is more diligent

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Myth 6: Girls are more diligent than boys

Lena would like to make the transition to high school and is preparing intensively for the exam. Lars usually learns just enough to get a good grade. The conditions at the Zimmermann family correspond to the observations made by primary school teacher Daniel Rutz: “I am of the opinion that the competitive leisure offerings have a stronger influence on the boys than on the girls. This can have an impact on the length of time they work on homework or the level of commitment in how it is done. I doubt that boys like doing homework less than girls. "

Girls spend longer doing their homework than boys. Is that why they are more diligent?

In fact, the above-cited survey by the University of Bern on reading behavior showed that girls do their homework longer than boys: a quarter of girls spend between six and ten hours a week at the Ufzgi, while a fifth of boys do this. 5 percent of the boys state that they do not do any homework at all, with the girls it is 2 percent.

So are girls more diligent than boys? Moritz Daum asks the counter-question: “What does hard-working mean? Isn't a boy who runs around for hours on the football field also busy?»

Or someone like Lars, who a few years ago doggedly slid down the hill with his snowboard and ran up again until he could hold himself on the board? Sports scientist Achim Conzelmann states: “At the athletic training it cannot be said per se that one sex is more diligent than the other. "


Conclusion: On average, girls spend longer doing their homework than boys. Whether they are more diligent as a result is a matter of definition: In other areas, such as sporting activities, boys show at least as much commitment as girls.

Myth 7: Boys are braver and more confident

It is no longer the rule that boys practice martial arts and girls dance ballet. “In sport, the differences have to do primarily with socialization,” says sports scientist Achim Conzelmann. "With the liberalization of our society and also of sport, the borders are becoming increasingly mixed." Kindergarten teacher Barbara Schwarz observes that boys are often wilder and louder than girls - but, according to Schwarz: "They are not braver."

This is also the case with Zimmermanns: Lena is a "rampage pig" who does not shy away from appearing in solo singing or the duel on the football field. “I hear the phrase 'I can't do that' much more often from Lars than from Lena,” says their mother.

In the Puberty, on the other hand, seems to be shifting: Various studies show that male teenagers tend to, more risks and are involved in accidents far more often than women, for example. The former secondary school teacher Fritz Schellenbaum found that boys more often overestimate themselves with the onset of puberty: “They accept setbacks more easily than girls. Before exams, this often leads to girls getting nervous even though they have studied well, while boys mainly rely on their luck. "

Conclusion: In children, there is hardly any gender difference in courage and willingness to take risks. This changes during puberty - it remains to be seen what role hormonal processes play and what influence socially shaped images of masculinity have.

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