Shifting loyalties as we age
An intriguing new study of almost 2 billion cellphone calls and nearly half a billion text messages shows how women confide in their husbands less as they both age.
The Los Angeles Times reports that researchers found that women tended to shift phone time away from their husbands to spending more of that time with their adult daughters. That’s just the opposite for men, who tended to maintain phone loyalty to their wives as they age, the study shows.
“Females invest more heavily in opposite-sex relationships,” said physicist Vasyl Palchykov at the Aalto University School of Science in Finland, in an interview with the Times.
Palchykov was part of a research team that included scientists from Oxford University in England, Northeastern University in Boston and the Institute of Physics at Budapest University of Technology and Economics.
Their study found that women focused their attention on their partner at age 18, and maintained that focus for about 14 years. Then in their 40s, there’s a shift in focus from husbands to a female who’s 25 years or so younger. Researchers believed the new confidante was probably an adult daughter.