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The difference between boys and girls

  1. Apr 26, 2005 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    By way of the popular literature in recent years, my sister has always believed that most socialization and play is learned. So when she had two sons followed by a daughter, she thought that her daughter would learn to like what her brothers liked. Well, it turns out that she likes the classical girl things like dolls, and pretty dresses, and colorful bunny toys, and has no interest in the toys that her brothers played with, which were classical boy toys. My sister has really been shocked by this. Years of Oprah shows and Parent Magazine subscriptions, right down the tubes! :biggrin:
     
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    How isolated from her enviroment was your sister's daughter? Was she prohibited from television and other media? Did she visit other "normal" people?. Those circumstances would bias her conclusion that behavior is not learned. Perhaps children are influenced as much by other people as well as the parents.

    Its difficult to maintain control in social sciences. Unlike insects and animals humans are difficult to isolate and do experiments on, particularly since there are grave ethical issues in doing so.

    Edited: first sentence of 2nd paragraph. Thats what happens when you stay up all night :-)
     
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  4. Apr 26, 2005 #3
    Ethical issues suck
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    While we have the chance, we should be experimenting on all those unwanted children in the world! :rofl:
     
  5. Apr 26, 2005 #4

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    Neither of my girls would play with dolls, not even barbie. They did like stuffed animals. No homemaking toys or other girl toys. I bought all the cool stuff I liked as a child and they weren't interested. :frown:

    The older one is a born artist, so all she did was draw and sculpt, then discovered computers.
     
  6. Apr 26, 2005 #5

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    I have an 8 year old daughter, and a 5 year old son. My girl doesn't have much to do with dolls or "traditional" girl play things, but likes arts and crafts (takes after me a lot in that respect). My son loves his cars and trucks however, and is very typical when it comes to boy toys. I think some play and socialization skills are learned, but children are individuals and have preferences from the get go. I bought my daughter all kinds of dolls as a younger child, but she never had an interest in them. If she saw me sewing or with a glue gun in my hand, she wanted involvement. My son has no interest in the art stuff.

    Give them both a snowboarding video game on the Playstation-they are entertained and seem to stop fighting. Can't figure it out.
     
  7. Apr 26, 2005 #6
    First off, humans are animals. Secondly, so are insects.

    But I agree, the girl wasn't isolated from society, therefore there's no reason to assume she didn't pick up that behaviour from society. If the mother's watching Oprah constantly, then there you go...
     
  8. Apr 26, 2005 #7
    It appears that there are inherent differences between the sexes. Men are better at playing chess than women. Among the top 100 players in the world there might be one woman. It seems though that women are better at picking out the differences between two similar pictures.
     
  9. Apr 26, 2005 #8

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    In general, women are better at multi-tasking, men are better at concentrating.
     
  10. Apr 26, 2005 #9
    I think we can all agree that typical girl toys suck. Typical boy toys are so much better. Who would rather play with a barbie than a gun?
     
  11. Apr 26, 2005 #10

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    My barbies all had guns.
     
  12. Apr 26, 2005 #11

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    The short answer to the question of exposure is that her [my nieces's] two brothers were and are by far the biggest influence. Kelly is still very young - just shy of four years old. This is why my sister was so surprised. Kelly is very tough, tougher than both of her older brothers combined, but she is still very much a little girl who likes the classically little girl things in life.

    I don't think things like cooking, sewing, or even dolls are really the sort of thing that define feminine favor. But there are very clear social and play differences between my nieces and nephews that seem to go beyond the environment. Of course, I have read that some tendencies can be instilled by the parents even during the first year of life. The claim is made that we project our expectations on our children and that this influences their behavior and even their sexuality, even while the child is still in the crib.
     
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  14. Apr 27, 2005 #13

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    The following is an interesting experiment that effectively eliminates all differential environmental influence, at least to the greatest degree possible, by testing boys and girls within 24 hours of birth. Even at this early stage, the experimenters were able to observe different behaviors based on the sex of the babies. (Note that the length of time a baby spends looking at a stimulus is used as an indicator for how much the stimulus interests, or catches the attention of, the baby-- a typical practice in psychology when studying infant behavior.)

    http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/baron-cohen05/baron-cohen05_index.html
     
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