He says she says: So differently do men and women think about growing up

Image result for thinking of men and women“Grow up!” – a phrase that fuels heated discussions between men and women even more. But is adulthood the same for men and women? Which milestones have to be reached – and which worries are associated with that? Answers to these questions are provided by a forsa study 1 commissioned by CosmosDirekt, the direct insurer of Generali in Germany. Important findings of the pollsters: Men and women think differently about these topics.

THE MAIN STAGE OBJECTIVES ON THE WAY TO ADULT

What needs to be achieved in life to be considered adult? For 59 percent of male respondents is clear: the car driver’s license. Among women, this is called with 51 percent a little less often. Marriage is also more important for men (38 percent) than a milestone on the way to adulthood than for women (30 percent). On the other hand, female respondents consider it more important to have a completed education or a completed degree (57 percent, compared to 49 percent for men). As for “Hotel Mama”, there are also differences: While more than every second woman (53 percent) sees the excerpt from the home as an important milestone, only 40 percent of the men surveyed do so.

WHEN IT COVERS IN GERMAN RELATIONSHIPS

For 41 percent of Germans, contracting with their partner is also an important milestone in growing up. That it crashes in the relationship now and then, is probably one of them. What is at stake is perceived differently by men and women: two out of five female interviewees with partners (40 percent) say that they do not always agree with him on the division of responsibilities in the household. However, only 28 percent of men agree with this statement. In contrast, male respondents reported more often than women to be at odds with their female partners in home furnishings (34 versus 24 percent) or planned vacation destinations (27 versus 19 percent).

WOMEN CARE ABOUT THE FUTURE

The study shows that adulthood is also associated with fears about the future, especially for women: 68 percent of female respondents are very worried that their relatives will get sick. These concerns are only 57 percent of men. Two out of five women (41 percent) fear that they do not have enough money when they get older, but only one in three men (34 percent). The situation is different only with the “pot-lid” question: Because single men are much more worried about not finding a suitable partner than single women (39 versus 19 percent).

Results of the forsa survey in detail (excerpt)

 The most important milestones in a person’s life, which express that they are now adults, are:

 
total Men women

start the first profession

59%

58%

61%

get the car driver’s license

55%

59%

51%

finish the training / study

53%

49%

57%

rent the first own apartment

52%

46%

58%

move out of the home

47%

40%

53%

contract with the partner

41%

46%

37%

participate in political elections

37%

36%

38%

get the first child

36%

36%

36%

reach the age of majority

34%

33%

34%

marry

34%

38%

30%

graduate from school

31%

31%

30%

Buy home ownership

25%

28%

21%

Percentage greater than 100, as multiple answers possible

Results of the forsa survey in detail (excerpt)

It does not always agree with the partner in the area 1 :

 
total Men women

Recreation

41%

44%

38%

Division of responsibilities in the household

34%

28%

40%

home furnishings

29%

34%

24%

Financial matters

25%

25%

25%

Destinations

23%

27%

19%

place of residence

8th %

10%

5%

Insurance cover, old-age provision

6%

4%

7%

Parenting 2

45%

49%

41%

none of it

22%

21%

23%

  • 1 basis: interviewee with partner

  • 2 Basis: Respondents with partners and children

  • Percentage greater than 100, as multiple answers possible

Results of the forsa survey in detail (excerpt)

There are (very) big worries that:

 
total Men women

their relatives become ill

63%

57%

68%

the social and political situation deteriorates

60%

57%

63%

they get sick

46%

42%

50%

her pension is not secure

44%

42%

45%

they do not have enough money in old age

37%

34%

41%

they become unemployed 1

18%

19%

18%

professionally they do not achieve what they have imagined

17%

19%

16%

they do not find a suitable partner 2

29%

39%

19%

  • 1 basis: employed persons

  • 2 Basis: Respondents with partners