Low population of women affects men's spending habits
Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management recently released the results of a study which suggests that men are more likely to be careless with their finances when they perceive a shortage of women.
Authors of the study said that male volunteers tended to report that they would save less or be more willing to go into debt after reading news articles about the population having fewer women than men.
Also, the participants were more likely to choose immediate sums of $20 over a later allowance of $30 after seeing images of a group of people that was male-heavy.
The researchers said the results suggest that humans may have more animalistic tendencies than they consciously believe.
"Some of our behaviors are much more reflexive and subconscious. We see that there are more men than women in our environment and it automatically changes our desires, our behaviors and our entire psychology," said lead author Vladas Griskevicius.
The team noted that their theory was supported by findings that single men in cities with higher male populations had more debt than their counterparts living in more gender-diverse regions.