At first when we saw this study on how men are less wandery and aimless when they are shopping we were like "how nice for academics that they get paid to learn these things!" as usual. But then we read closer and realized the actual point of it was that, not only are men more results-driven about going shopping, they are more results-driven when presented with the mere idea of going shopping. So basically, right before you have sex, you should tell your boyfriend, "I really want you to work on your fall wardrobe this weekend," or something totally sexist like that, and also the mere thought of drinking gin right now is making me want to get into Islam or something. [Science Daily]
This is so funny. My high school history teacher made this exact same statement about ten years ago when I had him for AP US History. He said that when it comes to shopping, men and women revert back to their caveman roles of hunter and gatherer, respectively. Men have an idea in their head about what they want before they go to the store, then find it, and go home. Women, on the other hand, tend to aimlessly shop and "gather" items. It's obvs sexist, but I found a little truth there.
I also think that women are socially conditioned to find solace in shopping, and men are socially conditioned to be against it. I mean, how many times did Carrie Bradshaw go shoe shopping whenever she felt sad? I think a lot of my own personal shopping trips have been spurred more by a need to hang out with my girlfriends, or to buy something to make myself feel better, than to get a specific item. I'm not saying that's okay, but that's what happens.