June 22, 2018

Do Women Really Mature Faster than Men?


By Hellen Nanzia

You’ve probably read or heard this somewhere. And the way most men act, you might be forced to agree with it.
It is almost given that women mature faster than men do.

According to research by Newcastle University, girls start brain maturity as early as age 10 while boys could take twice the time for their brain to mature. The research was conducted by a group of scientist at Newcastle University in London led by Dr. Marcus Kaiser and Ms. Sol Lim with other findings of the study being sourced from Glasgow and Seoul Universities using a study group of people aged between 4-40 years.

The 2013 study published in Cerebral Cortex offers a scientific explanation behind the common notion that men take longer to “act their age” than women do. The study is rooted in the fact that the female brain establishes connections and “prunes” (initial overabundance of neurons, connections, folding of the brain surface) itself faster than the male brain. At birth, men and women have about the same number of brain fibers. These fibers create a network that helps us to learn and develop. As we get older, the brain finds a faster way to communicate messages from one region to another.

Think of it like having a face-to-face conversation with someone instead of shouting to them across a loud and crowded room. Instead of potentially losing your message in a noisy room, your message is more likely to be received correctly, in a more direct manner and translated into actions more effectively. As you grow older your brain ‘shouts less and talks more’. When the amount of fibers gets streamlined, they are relaying more focused information directly to the region of the brain they need to target.

This could be the reason women have to pick up socks after men, or that younger men feel the need to “conquer as many women” while their female counterparts are busy discussing the future of the country. This could also be reason why women prefer dating older men.

You can oppose science, but you can’t change it!

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