It is confirmed that male stupidity can cost them their lives, to a larger extent than women. A new study has examined data obtained from the Darwin Award which reviews people having lost their lives because of extremely stupid mistakes of theirs. It was seen that men make up nearly 90 % of the winners.
A new study surveying risk taking that distinguishes men from women might have proved what females have been saying all the while: males can be extremely stupid, to the point of injury and death. The researchers studied the data obtained from the Darwin Award that involves people having died as a consequence of their risk-taking tendencies, with particular emphasis on the difference in this regard between the two sexes.
The Darwin Awards ‘rewards’ people who “eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival.” People losing their lives because of their stupidity might be something hard to believe. The cases of these individuals falling under this category sound too stupid to be true, but, yet, they have actually happened. The authors explained their methodology as follows: “We reviewed all Darwin Award nominations, noting the sex of the winner. Our analysis included only confirmed accounts verified by the Darwin Awards Committee.”
For instance, a man chewed his beer glass, and another who shot himself with a “spy pen” weapon just to convince his friend that it works. Does this not sound like the male bragging we’re all accustomed of experiencing from time to time?!
It was found that out of 318 nominations, 282 were males – that makes 88.7 % of the Darwin Award winners.
The authors commented on this result, saying that it is “entirely consistent with male idiot theory (MIT) and supports the hypothesis that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things.”
As incredible as it may sound, men have thus been documented to risk their lives over exceedingly stupid things.
“Despite this, it is puzzling that males are willing to take such unnecessary risks — simply as a rite of passage, in pursuit of male social esteem, or solely in exchange for bragging rights,” added the authors.