Who looks in the mirror more?


Florida A&M students were asked which gender they thought looked in the mirror more often and why.

Each respondent said women because they are self-conscious. The students said men do not need to spend as much time looking in the mirror.

According to Psychology Today magazine, empathy is another type of mirroring and has been linked with mirror neuron activity. There is a difference between the sexes: women averagely show greater mirror neuron response than men in accordance with their overall tendency to be more empathic.

Women are under a watchful eye to maintain their body images. In their day-to-day lifestyles, it is important to uphold a certain level of dignity, class and fashion.  For example, students in the School of Journalism and Graphic Communication are required to dress professionally.  Wearing a business suit is part of the professional attire for the female students.

According to the Social Issues Research Centre, a not-for-profit organization that conducts research on a wide range of social topics, research on body image shows that women are more critical of their appearance than men. Women are less likely to admire what they see in the mirror.  Up to eight out of 10 women will be dissatisfied with their reflection, and more than half may see a distorted image.

Many women enjoy painting their nails and styling their hair. The mirror is an important asset when plucking eyebrows and putting on makeup.

According to the New York Times, wearing makeup – but not gobs of Gaga-conspicuous makeup – can help. It increases people’s perceptions of a woman’s likability, her competence and, provided she does not overdo it, her trustworthiness, according to a study.

“I think girls look in the mirror more because girls care more about their appearance than boys,” said Da’Pre Davis, a junior elementary education student from Tallahassee, “which is why girls are more likely to compliment each other on appearance, and I think we care more about details.”

To dress professionally, men can wear khakis with a collared shirt and tie. Men can generally get ready quicker than women because they don’t put on makeup or curl their hair.

“I think girls look in the mirror more because they wear makeup,” said Verlin Joseph, a senior occupational therapy student from Bronx, N.Y. “I look in the mirror to make sure my hair is in place and facial hair is on point.”