Men build IKEA furniture faster (and better) than women

Many a relationship has been tested by IKEA — the world’s largest furniture retailer which sells ready-to-assemble furniture with cryptic diagrams as instructions.

As most couples tell it, women insist on following those crazy directions while men toss them aside and try to put the desk, bed, chair, etc. together without them. Horrific fights ensue.

But a recent study on gender differences in furniture construction has finally settled the matter (sort of).

BEIJING, CHINA - JULY 06: Chinese shoppers sleep on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world's ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country's growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

BEIJING, CHINA – JULY 06: Chinese shoppers sleep on a sofa in the showroom of the IKEA store on July 6, 2014 in Beijing, China. Of the world’s ten biggest Ikea stores, 8 of them are in China to cater to the country’s growing middle class. The stores are designed with extra room displays given the tendency for customers to make a visit an all-day affair. Store management does not discourage shoppers from sleeping on Ikea furniture, even marking them with signs inviting customers to try them out. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Sorry ladies! It seems men can build IKEA furniture faster (and maybe better) than you can — even without the instructions. Gasp!!

A group of psychologists in Norway published a study in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology  which found that it took women more than a minute longer to build certain IKEA items using instructions.

Though both men and women required more time without the instructions, men were able to build certain popular pieces of furniture almost a full four minutes faster than women.

Women also tended to have more issues with their final product when they put it together without using the instructions.

The researchers acknowledge that the time differences are pretty small and could likely be attributed to individual spatial abilities.

But this could all be a good excuse for ladies to bow out and add “put together IKEA furniture” to the Honey Do list.

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AlexJV
AlexJV

it only makes sense men can build a couch faster. It's not the only thing they're quicker at. Like "finishing" in the bedroom...


The first thrust is always my favorite.

Beyond that who cares (;


ehh.. the "average man" can only last 5 minutes. That makes me cringe so hard at the thought of how many women are going completely "unattended". The crazy thing there's a free course that can take you to lasting entire albums or your entire playlist. Seriously, it's right here, a quick google search. http://goo.gl/LMWWIz ... Ross Aken. look. You have nothing to lose.