Why Men do Stupid Things

212Access May 25, 2012 1

As a straight, heterosexual guy living in the City, I’ll admit all men do stupid things sooner or later. And when we get caught, we rarely have a reason for our senseless behavior. In my opinion, that’s how women were able to survive the cave man era. Men are physically stronger than women, and to level the playing field, God short-circuited the male brain so women could survive our physical prowess.

But perhaps we need a little more science on what he was thinking, like the AskMen 2011 annual survey that asked men personal questions, involving sex, love, cheating, even God.

The survey is interesting and it’s fairly accurate, but the AskMen poll doesn’t give us any insight into why men do stupid things. Luckily, 212Access wasn’t hungover at work today, and had the vision to take their shallow survey a little deeper.

Source: ASKMEN.com


What is the most important trait in determining whether she is “relationship material?”

Loyalty: 35%

Sense of Humor: 25%

Sense of Caring/Nurturing: 22%

Intelligence: 19%

212Access Analysis: Guys can’t stand the idea of a woman cheating on him. Sure, it’s cognitive dissonance at the root, but the idea of OUR woman being with ANOTHER guy kills us at the root. This is why loyalty is the most important trait and it’s why we agree with the ASKMEN results. Humor isn’t going to get us excited. Caring/Nurturing is good if you’re gay. Intelligence? Didn’t we tell you most guys are at the root – pretty dumb? Why would we want intelligence. So if you’re a girl, trying to get a guy, make sure he THINKS your loyal.

If there was ZERO chance you would get caught cheating, would you do it?

Not at all likely. It violates my morals: 36%

Not at all likely. I don’t want to disrespect her: 36%

Somewhat likely, but I would feel guilty: 19%

Very likely: 7%

I already cheated on her: 2%

212Access Analysis: The men at 212Access didn’t agree with this survey initially, but we changed our mind after talking (and grunting) between donuts. Contrary to what women believe – all men cheat – most men don’t PLAN to cheat. Unfortunately, the moment may present itself to a guy when he thinks in the back of his head, “this will probably never ever happen again, so I should probably take advantage of this moment.” This survey asked men to think about it, which explains why such a high proportion of men say they “likely” wouldn’t cheat. Yes, we feel guilty too when we do bad things. Just ask Anthony Weiner how bad he feels right now – oh wait, he got caught.

Do women put too much financial worth on a man’s income?

Yes, but men value women’s looks, so it equals out: 52%

Yes, and it bothers me that men are shallow: 23%

No: 21%

Yes, but it works to my advantage: 4%

212Access Analysis: We agree with these results, especially in New York City. A man’s value is first based on his income and his second value is based on his income potential. New York City women are driven, ambitious, and they want a man who is going to be equal in their bracket. Women will deny this, but every guy who has gone on a date with a hot chick will tell you women have expectations that the man will pay. Why would they have these expectations unless they didn’t care about a man’s income? As for the 21% of men who say that women don’t value a man’s income: they’re probably models.

Would you dump your girlfriend if she became fat?

No: 53%

Yes: 47%

212Access Analysis: We think there is a margin of error that wasn’t factored into these survey results. We think most guys would dump a girlfriend if she became fat, but it comes with a clause. The fat factor has to happen quickly and early into the relationship. If the pounds get added on slowly, to the point that we don’t notice immediately, then we probably wouldn’t dump her. BUT guys are physical creatures. If she’s not exciting us, then there may be some trouble down the road and it is a trouble that we don’t want Viagra to help.

Have you ever fantasized about your girlfriend’s friend?

Yes, I have in the past but I try to avoid it now: 37%

Yes, I fantasize about her friends regularly: 28%

No, I have no interest in her friends: 24%

No, but I have to restrain myself from doing so: 11%

212Access Analysis: We think men were lying here. We don’t know why men would lie unless they thought they were going to get caught. What guy hasn’t fantasized about his girlfriend’s friends? I can think of 7 friends of my girlfriend that I have fantasized about. 24% say they have no interest in it? LIARS.

Would you date a girl who has a higher income than you?

Yes and it wouldn’t bother me: 85%

I already am: 8%

No, I wouldn’t be comfortable: 7%

212Access Analysis: Duh, seriously? Of course we’d date a rich chick. It’s our dream. Does she have a pool at her house? Can we have a maid to pick up my socks? Will the maid make me ham sandwiches at 11pm at night? Enough said.