Do men like music more than Women?

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  1. gene c

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    And if so, when does this start to happen? In their early teens, girls seem to go crazy for their teen Idols and Madonna types but at some point things start to change. There's a "WAF" but no Husband/boyfriend equivalent. Guys seem to be the ones shopping for car stereos and Home Theaters and these forums are dominated by men. Do women just become more responsible than men do? Are there other factors that I'm not considering?

    I know there are many differences between men and women and I even understand why some of those differences occur. But not this one. Any thoughts?
     
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    Liking music and being into electronics are two separate things. I know many women who LOVE music, but don't necessarily care/obsess about the delivery method.
     
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    I'd say (for the most part, but not always) men tend to take our hobbies more "seriously" than women -- well, we're certainly more willing to spend the $$$ anyway (probably because we tend to be the ones w/ more of it). [​IMG] But one could probably easily argue that's in very large part that way due to our (millenia-old) socio-economic-cultural circumstances. However, I'd think the biological diffs (and all the various implications) also factor into the equation. The whole reproductive process certainly puts a serious spin on how things could likely turn out for instance.

    But anyway, wrt music itself, don't forget there's this little other side of *making* the music itself too, rather than simply appreciating it however admiringly so. [​IMG] The population of musicians (both pro and amateur and maybe also those who only sing in their showers [​IMG] ) surely is no longer dominated by men as much as it used to be. And if women didn't like/love music as much, would that population really shift (to become more even) as it apparently has? Afterall, it's not like there's a whole lot of financial motivation and job security involved for the great majority of musicians out there -- only a very tiny percentage overall actually make enough as musicians to be considered middle class or above near as I can tell. And good musical instruments are not exactly cheap either even at the amateur level nor are quality music lessons, especially in/around a big city, so one doesn't take up the "hobby" (and keep at it) too lightly.

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    I just think it's more of 'a guy thing' to get fixated on things (whether it's cars, comic books, books, toys, carpentry, records, movies, porno, whatever) and women get more into things like relationships, family or stuff that is more real life.

    I'm speaking generally and not saying that every man or woman falls into the above category or that they can't enjoy both.
     
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    Yes, along those lines, it does also seem women *tend* to *feel* the music more while men *tend* to *intellectualize* it (for lack of a better word) more. [​IMG] I think that "intellectualizing" thing is a large part of what leads us to "fixate" on hobbies, etc. although it's certainly not the only thing of course.

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    My wife is just as fond of her music as I am of mine (I specify "her" and "mine" because while we both like music a lot, not much of it is in common). However, if the only playback device in the house was a basic clock radio with a cd player (like the one on her nightstand), she'd be content. Given the amount of money (approaching 10,000$) I've spent on audio gear, I think my stance is clear.
     
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    I do.
     
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    I agree with Travis that men have a "fixation" with what many women consider "toys," (along with the collecting of ANYTHING), but let's not forget many women's fixation with their wardrobes and shoes. Also, do ANY of us understand the whole candle "thing?" No woman I've ever known has been able to explain it to me...

    I also agree that women probably love music as much as men, but men tend to obsess over the delivery method WAY more than the fairer sex. Then again, most of the younger crowd I associate with listen to nothing but MP3s at 128kb, and that's BOTH sexes...
     
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    So do I, but I'm not sure why.
     
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    That wouldn't explain the examples of warddrobe, shoes, ... physical appearance, etc. [​IMG]

    Considering that, maybe women just tend to fixate on different things (or aspects of things) than men although a lot of that probably has to do w/ their childbearing/rearing physiological makeup *and* role in our society. Perhaps, in certain (hypothetical?) cultures/societies, things would be flipped around to some extent?

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    I'm not sure wardrobe, shoes, etc is the same thing as hobbies. Women care greatly about their appearance, more than men seem to. To them, clothes are not a hobby but a way of showing care for themselves and their appearance.

    Man, If a female ever reads this thread I'm in a heep o' trouble!
     
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    I agree, one woman is enough for me but I have about 500 CD's, 150 SACD's, and 100 DVD-A's. I have been listening to the same woman everyday for years and I can't even hum along much less claim to understand the lyrics.

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    In my personal situation I think the answer is yes. When my wife and I were younger a Friday evening at home would be firing up the CD player, some wine and let the good times roll. Music was equally important. Today I would still be content spending a Friday that way, but wifey would not hear of it and insists on the boob tube....
     

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