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Three initiatives or three sets of interviews were conducted in order to determine how men and women are different in their decision-making process. The first subjects in the first interview are a married couple. Their interview results reveal that men tend to consider the physical or material utility of their decision outcomes, while women tend to consider the emotional utility of their decision outcomes. The second subjects were two non-married individuals who were at their twenties.
The interview results reveal that men use their rational faculties in the decision-making process, while women tend to listen more to their intuition or feelings. The third subjects were 5 women and 7 men, who were all studying in the same university but were taking different courses. Their interview results reveal that the majority (4/5) of the women decided to take their respective courses by considering the opinions of other people. All the seven men, on the other hand, based their decision-making process on their personal, rational perspectives.
When describing how different men are, compared to women, it is often said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus. In other words, they are so different that they could have come from different planets. Thus, I wanted to find out how true this saying is by talking to several men and women. Based from what I have learned, it is apparent that there is indeed a huge difference between the two sexes. What stood out the most is that men tend to have a more rational decision-making process then women.
How do they decide when to clean their immediate environment?
From my first interview, I learned that both men and women consider the utility of the outcome of their decisions, but women usually include emotional utility, while men consider the only physical utility of the outcomes. For my first interview, I interviewed a couple, who were at their forties and were living in an apartment with their 5-year-old daughter.
As part of the informal interview, I asked them who cleans the apartment. They told me that they both do, but individually, and there’s no specific schedule. I asked them when is the time they decide to clean the apartment. Alice answered that whenever she got free time, she would always pick-up the things that Pete, her husband, left lying everywhere in the house. Alice further explained that she always wanted a clean home, because it gives her a sense of comfort. Pete, on the other hand explained that he would clean the house when it is so messy that he already has serious difficulty locating his things.
When do they decide to go shopping?
From my second initiative, I learned that women’s decision making process is based more on their intuition, so that they rely too much on their feelings; men, on the other hand, tend to rely heavily on logic or reason. For my next task, I interviewed 24-year-old, Dona; and 27-year-old, Todd. They are both college graduates from the same university. They are totally unrelated to each other. I asked these two subjects when and why they go shopping.
Dona answered that she decides to go shopping when she feels bored or when she wants to remove some stress. She also explained that, sometimes, she goes shopping just because “feels like shopping.” Todd, on the other hand explained that he goes to store only when he really needs something like a new pair of pants or shoes. He further points out that he always considers his time and budget when deciding if he would go shopping or not.
Why did they take their courses?
From my third initiative, I learned that women are more likely to rely or consider the opinion of other people in making their decisions; while men would usually make their decisions more independently. For my third initiative, I wanted to find out from some college students why they chose their respective courses. I was fortunate to be able to ask 5 women and 7 men. Four of the five women told me that their friends and parents told them that their courses fit them well, with respect to their personalities and other physical & and non-physical characteristics. One of them said she wanted to be rich so she took her course. All seven men explained that they wanted to land on a good job, and they liked the course that they took.
Men and women are different not only in their physical appearance but also in their decision-making process. It can be inferred from my three initiatives that men are more logical, practical, and independent in making their decisions. Women, on the other hand show more reliance to other people in making their decisions, more intuitive, and are more likely to consider their emotions. Nevertheless, I would not say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus; what my findings simply show is that women tend to listen more from their hearts while men from their brains.