In the battle over which sex is stupider, a group of male researchers may have proven that men win hands down.
That males are more likely to engage in risk-seeking behavior and face emergency hospital admissions as a result has already been well-documented, but a new study published in British medical journal BMJ also noted that men excel at a special class of truly "idiotic" risk.
"Idiotic risks are defined as senseless risks, where the apparent payoff is negligible or non-existent, and the outcome is often extremely negative and often final," the study said, setting out a so-called male idiot theory. In its annual end-year issue, the BMJ often publishes "lighter hearted" research, although it must still meet the journal's standard requirements, including peer review.
"According to 'male idiot theory' (MIT) many of the differences in risk seeking behavior, emergency department admissions, and mortality may be explained by the observation that men are idiots and idiots do stupid things," it said.