Getty ImagesWho exactly is the modern man? You might be surprised, after hearing the results of AskMen's 2010 Great Male Survey, held in collaboration with Cosmopolitan magazine's Great Female Survey. It turns out that as we enter the second decade of the 21 st century, the modern man is actually more traditional than most of us would expect him to be, and surprisingly more old-fashioned in his values than his female counterpart.
See the results of the "Great Male Survey" at AskMen.com
Over 85% of men still believe in the institution of marriage, with 1 out of 3 males stating that they would not pursue a relationship if they felt their partner didn't have wife potential. Men also ranked "having a family" as the No. 1 status symbol, above having a "high profile career." On the flip side, more than half of the women surveyed insisted that they do not feel pressured by family or society to tie the knot by a certain age, or even at all. Also of note, 85% of the women said they would be comfortable being in a relationship with a man who has a lower income than they do.
See the results of the "Great Female Survey" at Cosmopolitan.com
Despite all this, 4 out of 5 men still believe that they should pay for all dates, for the duration of the relationship or at least until it's established. On the other hand, less than 25% of women said that their partner should always pick up the bill.
See AskMen.com's take on the "New Masculinity"While men and women are becoming more and more on par in terms of salary, we're still negotiating what that means in terms of our personal relationships. Should a man pick up the bill more than a woman? Is the rent divided in half? Maybe it's not about money after all and more about opening the door. Despite how far we've come in terms of equality, there's always an argument to be made for chivalry.
Other Survey Highlights
- Prenups are more important for younger guys. 20% of men under the age of 29 think they are either very or somewhat important, versus 10% of guys over 29.
- Twice as many women, compared to men, have admitted to cheating on their partners. However, more than two times as many men than women would cheat on their partners if they could get away with it.
- Only 1 out of 5 women would dump their partner if they became fat. Men, on the other hand, show no such restraint with nearly half admitting their disdain for up-sized girlfriends.
- The majority of men are still uncomfortable about their partner friending exes on Facebook, with 34% absolutely against the idea and another 26% only ok with the idea if they have met the ex before.
- 1 out of 3 guys have met a woman online.
- Nearly 40% of women report that their boyfriends or husbands are "not very often" or "never" romantic, yet 75% of men claim that they are romantic consistently.
Endorsed by Ipsos, AskMen's Great Male Survey was conducted over a two month period and is the biggest online survey of what it means to be a modern man today - what's changed, what's new, and what remains the same. With over 100,000 respondents, the third annual GMS gives insight into the male perspective on a range of topics including dating & sex, lifestyle, and timely world issues. This year, AskMen has also partnered with Cosmopolitan.com, who have asked their female readers similar survey questions in an effort to understand where males and females differ in opinion. Full results from the Great Male Survey 2010 can be seen at: http://www.askmen.com/specials/2010_great_male_survey/and findings from the Great Female Survey at http://www.cosmopolitan.com/great-female-survey.