Sunday, October 19, 2014

Simple explanations

I read an article about personal space today, that referenced a study about men and women in airplane seats. It found that men hogged the armrests 5 to 1 over women.

Perhaps this is sexist domineering. Or perhaps men have, on the average, wider shoulders than women. Airline seats are not notorious for roominess either at shoulder height or at the seat. I don't sit widely but some of my neighbors have.


Assistant Village Idiot said...

I have wide shoulders. I try to take as little space as possible, even forcing my hands into bound positions, and I still spill over.

james said...

Likewise. Even with armrests my arms don't "rest" on anything unless I wad up a blanket or sweater underneath. That usually goes in my lap because of spillover, unless I luck out with an empty seat beside me.