A new study shows that a man will tend to slow down his walk most when he’s with the woman he loves, especially if they’re holding hands.
Did you know that your body mass and the length of your lower limbs will greatly influence how fast you typically walk? Traditionally, that’s why men tend to walk at a quicker pace and greater stride than women. A new study shows that a man will tend to slow down his walk most when he’s with the woman he loves, especially if they’re holding hands.
Researchers from Washington’s Seattle Pacific University analyzed the speeds of 11 men and 11 women walking on a track. At various times, they walked with same-sex or opposite-sex friends as well as their significant others, sometimes holding hands and sometimes with no physical contact.
When the men and women walked with friends, regardless of their gender, their pace remained largely unchanged. There was only a slight change in a woman’s pace if she was walking with her romantic interest.
In addition to showing that a man’s pace slowed down 7 percent with his significant other, and even more when they were holding hands, men consistently walked faster than their normal paces if they were with another male friend.
Researchers say the tendencies may relate back to male and female roles in ancient hunter-gatherer societies.