Are Men as observant as Women are?
The question is, Are men as observant as women are? I have been set a fun challenge to test my husband’s observation skills, I would class my husband Mark as a very laid-back man, and I think he is very observant at work, well he has to be but that is another story. When he gets home, he seems to turn off, in some cases completely, especially when I seem to talk at him ha. Now, I have learnt to live with this side of him, but now I have been set a challenge to see his observational skills first hand tested to the limit.
Therefore, with the idea of this challenge was to test my husband’s observation skills, so I had to plan how I would do this! This could really turn out embarrassing with my husband not observing a thing, so let us hope he does, or maybe I may well have to be having words.
My Task for this challenge was to change three things in our everyday lifestyle and see what my husband actually observes and what he does not.
So here is what I did, along with each days result, I am unsure if I am surprised, with the not so scientific yet quite funny findings.
My Hair Test Day 1
On the first day, whilst my husband was at work, I made the decision to dye my hair, only a couple of shades darker, but it was quite noticeable to me, and my mother noticed it straight away. I also changed the style of my hair and to be honest, I very rarely wear my hair up, I just prefer it down, so surely my husband would pick up attentively and compliment this change.
When Mark returned home from a long shift at work, I was not expecting an immediate, “Wow, have you changed your hair and colour?” I am a little more realistic than that. I heard him walk through the door and I was sat down in the living room, in a rather natural setting. This was planned, normally I would be cleaning something and moving around all over the house like most of us mothers do, but at least this gave him an immediate chance to recognise the change.
Well, the time went on and on and yes, he got all the way to bedtime and when I gave him a kiss goodnight, I said at “Do you notice anything different?” My husband replied “No” and that was it, he had failed day one of the Are Men as Observant as women are challenge.
So, what next, I hear you ask?
Moving objects around at home Day 2
I decided to step things up a little for the next part of this challenge, like a woman possessed I made some rather massive changes to the decor in our home. I began by simply moving around some pictures of our family and even added an extra couple of photos of the children and our wedding day. I could not stop there now could I because these were tiny observations that would be required? I moved the bloody sofa for god sake man, how did he not notice that. My husband returned home from work and sat straight down on the sofa, with a cup of coffee, is not coffee a stimulant. He must have noticed, and when I asked him, he said I quote “Oh yeah, I noticed” he then laughed and looked around the room in amazement. It was at this point he also observed the additional photos dotted around the living room. I did place an extra photo up in the bedroom, but alas, he did not see that either. He was failing this challenge miserably.
The Foot Stool Day 3
Right, so on Day 3 the challenge was to place a footstool out in the living room; we have never had a footstool so surely, surely he should pick up on a footstool being out, before he sits on the sofa. I very neatly placed the footstool out where my husband tends to sit. He returned home, he sat down and yes in his usual place. I stood in the kitchen and smiled to myself, he surely must have noticed something. After around 20 minutes I actually asked him “Do you like the footstool”, he replied “What footstool” “The one you have your feet on right now”. “Oh, that I love it” did you notice it I asked him. He was quite honest when he told me that his feet were raised up, but he had not really looked at what they are resting on. The funny thing is, he can be observant, but throughout this Are Men as observant as Women are challenge, he failed quite miserably, bless him. If you would like to get yourself a footstool like this click here Footstools 2 U.
I don’t personally think it is just men that are less observant, women can be similar to this too. Sometimes we all have things on our mind and it’s almost impossible to pick up on everything. If you can’t relax around your home, then where on earth can you relax.
So, do we stereotype men with being less observant or do you know women that would also fail the observational challenge?
**Disclaimer: We were sent this footstool, which enabled us to conduct the test**