The study had revealed that men and women misinterpret the signals regarding sexual interests a lot while having the conversation.
Researchers at the Department of Psychology at the NTNU stated that women reported that men often misinterpret their signals of friendliness as sexual interest.
Conversely, the men in the study reported that women often misinterpret their signals of sexual interest as friendliness.
In most areas of psychology, there is little to no difference between genders: mental capacity, intellectual achievements, food preferences, men and women are all more or less the same. But when it comes to reproduction and challenges related to finding a sexual partner, there are suddenly differences to be found.
Evolutionary psychology is the study of how the human mind has evolved, developed and adapted over time. One thing that evolutionary psychologists are specifically interested in was gendered sexual psychology between cultures and social groups.
A woman can have sex with multiple men over a short period of time without producing any more children.
So for men, it was a low-risk, potentially high-reward situation for men to have sex with women whenever the opportunity presents itself.
On the other hand, the cost was potentially great for a woman if she thinks that a man was more sexually interested than she was.
Across thousands of generations, women’s psychology has evolved to set the bar higher, which means they need much clearer signals than men before they consider sex.