Reaction Paper #3: Gender Difference and Analysis The exploration of gender differences is an extremely broad and varied topic area. There are numerous attributes of males and females and their habits to be discovered. To entertain the issue of group cohesiveness and dependability versus undependability, my group conducted a survey of the number of males and females eating in groups or independently at the cafeteria in Markley Hall. My theory was that there would be more males eating alone, because based on the readings, males are more independent and tend to worry less about being seen in public alone. I hypothesized that females would tend to flock together more, because that seems to be their nature. After meeting and graphing our data, we compared it to the rest of the class, who had also gone to various dormitory cafeterias and coffee shops around Ann Arbor.
In addition to the varying places to eat, group members also split up eating times and how long a group or individual stayed after finishing their meal or coffee. Those results, however, were not taken into consideration for the final graphs and analysis. The information and statistics our class collected was conducted in half hour increments. The percentages were as follows: East Royal Espresso Caf'e: 70% of men were alone, and 30% were in groups.
57% of girls were alone while 43% were in groups. 18 of the groups observed were mixed. Next, Starbucks Caf'e: 70% of men were alone and 30% were in groups. For women, 30% were alone and 70% were in groups. Here, there were 27 mixed groups. Moving on to the cafeterias, Markley Hall: Males were an even 50% for both, for females 26% were alone and 74% were in groups.
There were also 24 mixed groups in Markley. Lastly, in the Lloyd Hall Cafeteria: 27% of males were in groups, and 73% were alone. Females were 33% alone and 67% in groups. Here there were also 14 mixed groups of males and females.
Based on this information, I can say that my hypothesis was correct. Although in all of the environments there were girls that attended alone, most of the loners in all situations were male. I can attribute this to the fact that men feel that eating in a cafeteria or coffee shop is a "task" to be completed, while women may enjoy the company of each other and a leisurely meal. Women actively seek out others as well, to keep from eating solo. The goal here is interdependence. A setback that could be said about my conclusion is that I don't know what the subjects were thinking.
If they were male, I might not know if they simply had to be somewhere and were just getting in a quick lunch or if they really did not care about eating alone. In conclusion, it is safe to say that men are more apt to be independent when it comes to eating environments and women are more likely to be seen in groups. The statistical information our class found can back this statement up. The groups of mixed individuals consisted of the a majority of females as well.
A common goal of independence versus interdependence is what this experiment boils down to. Each gender has their specific goal, and they act and behave a certain way in order to achieve it.