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An empirical look at the personality differences between men and women.

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

The question of how much gender is associated with different personality traits is contentious. Some extremely popular books claim that "men are from Mars, and women are from Venus", while others argue that men and women are exactly alike.

Curious about what the actual data would say about the connection between gender and personality, we ran 15 studies exploring this question, ultimately analysing data from more than 15,000 people.

The result is our Gender Continuum Test: an fascinating, free quiz that attempts to predict your gender based on your self-reported personality traits, while sharing many empirical insights about gender and personality along the way!

If you want to investigate what makes you you, or are curious about the concept of gender and how it affects our lives, we think this comprehensive, 30-minute quiz is for you. Alongside a data-driven analysis of your own personality, the Gender Continuum Test takes you on a deep-dive into the competing theories of gender difference and explains a number of results from our empirical research that may surprise you!

Specifically, our test on gender personality features:

  • A brief but extensive personality test which compares you to men and women in the U.S., so you can determine the extent to which your self-reported personality traits are similar (or different) to other people of the same gender.

  • An analysis of the distribution of men and women's' personality traits, including numerous interesting statistics about the prevalence and extent of stereotypical “female” and “male” traits in either gender.

  • A summary of the competing theories about why different genders do or don’t differ in personality, an explanation of how gender stereotypes are formed, and an examination of what we even mean by “gender”.

  • A discussion about the challenges of drawing causal conclusions based on survey data, and how that ties into the question of gender differences.

Whether you’re fascinated by gender or have never thought seriously about it before, we think you’ll enjoy our new data-driven gender test.

Note: this program uses "man" and "woman" interchangeably with "male" and "female." It focuses on just two categories because, while some people do not identify with either, and some identify with a different gender than their sex assigned at birth, about 98% of people in our data reported a gender of "man" or "woman" and identified with the same gender as their sex assigned at birth, leaving insufficient data to analyze responses from any other groups.


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