Dear Whys Guy: "Why Do You Say Something Will Take 15 Minutes When It Takes More Than an Hour?"

By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

DEAR WHYS GUY:

Why do you say it will only take you 15 minutes to do something when you know it will be more like an hour? Or two hours? You know, like driving somewhere or meeting a work deadline? - Karel (The Whys Guy's Wife)

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DEAR KAREL:

Men like to say things will take 15 minutes because it makes you go away for a while, specifically for 15 minutes. If we tell you that writing a blog post is going to take two hours, then you give us crap about how long it's going to take. You list all the other stuff we need to do, and then we start fighting, and it ends up taking me even longer. When it comes to driving, we tell you it'll take us 15 minutes to get somewhere because, again, if I told you the truth, we'd gripe about it, and we don't want to argue with you while we drive.

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Need help decoding odd male behavior? Redbook columnist Aaron Traister, who lives in Philadelphia with his wife and two kids, is our resident male who is happy to answer any questions you might have about the mind of a man. Either leave your questions in the comments or email him at redbook@hearst.comwith Whys Guy in the subject. Letters, emails, and comments may be edited for clarity and length.

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