Why Do Women Shop More Than Men?

Why Do Women Shop? (More Than Men)

Well, when I started out this blog post, I was not so sure I believed it to be the case. Tim loves to shop. He hates WalMart but he loves to shop for books, cars and guns.

As I researched for this article, though, I found that women do have an edge in terms of who likes to shop more. There is a deeply ingrained reason for this, too, going back some 8 to 10 thousand years.

According to Steve Taylor, Ph.D1.

For hundreds of thousands of years, until around 8000 BCE, all human beings lived as hunter-gatherers—that is, they survived by hunting wild animals (the man’s job) and foraging for wild plants, nuts, fruit, and vegetables (the woman’s job). I learned a lot of surprising things about the “hunter-gatherer” lifestyle in my research. For example, it wasn’t a particularly hard life. When anthropologists began to look systematically at how modern-day hunter-gatherers use their time, they discovered that, far from exhausting themselves in their search for food, they actually spent only 12 to 20 hours per week at it. (This led anthropologist Marshall Sahlins to call hunter-gatherers “the original affluent society.”)

Interestingly, women were the main “breadwinners” in hunter-gatherer groups. Anthropologists estimate that women’s gathering provided around 80-90 percent of groups’ food —a fact which has led some anthropologists to suggest that these peoples should be renamed gatherer-hunters. This is also meant that their diet was largely vegetarian (only around 10-20 percent meat), and also quite healthy, with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, roots and nuts, all eaten raw.

Earlier on he also made the comment that

  1. Men get bored after about 26 minutes of shopping while women like to stay two hours. I can attest to Tim; he is ready to go after 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. 80% of men say they don’t like shopping with their wives or girlfriends.
  3. 45% of men refuse at all costs to go shopping with their significant other.
  4. Half of shopping trips end in an argument because men have bought what they came for and are ready to go while women like to simply shop.

According to this author it appears that our various shopping habits are based in women’s historical role as the gatherers of the group while men were the hunters.

You can go here and enjoy the rest of the article. While I don’t know if I agree with everything the man says, it is definitely worth reading.

Why Women Buy

Knowing why women buy is the first step to gaining their business.

Bridget Brennan, Forbes contributor, has this2 to say on the subject:

The real reason is sobering. In virtually every society in the world, women have primary care-giving responsibilities for both children and the elderly (and often, just about everybody else in-between). In this primary caregiving role, women find themselves buying on behalf of everyone else in their lives.

Why I Shop

Well, it gets me out of the house. If I go with friends it gives us something to do while we walk and talk. A shopping trip is a perfect way to visit with friends. Besides, you never know what you are going to come up on in the way of unexpected bargains, true?

Why I Shop Online

I shop online because the best buys can almost always be found online. No, online shopping will not replace entirely the in person shopping experience. If shopping for the best deal is THE point the majority of the time, maybe. But sometimes getting out and shopping has very little to do with what I am shopping for and more about moving about in the world.

Besides, a lot times I don’t know I want something until I see it. Coming back home and checking my cash back deals to see if I can get a better deal is always fun, too.

My Top Cash Back Site

My top cash back site is http://getcashbackwithMJ.com. Yes, I am an affiliate with Dubli but I got tired of trying to remember that long BA number Tim gave me so we made it simple.

Double Digit Cash Back

Go to getcashbackwithMJ.com and you will find yourself saving 6% and often even double digit cash back percentages. Tim sent his mom flowers for her birthday and was rewarded with over 19% cash back!







Mary Jane Singleton

1. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-darkness/201402/why-men-dont-shopping-and-most-women-do

2. http://www.forbes.com/sites/bridgetbrennan/2013/03/06/the-real-reason-women-shop-more-than-men/


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