As if we needed a study to prove this.
Sorry guys, you’re idiots. Well, no, not all of you, but the Darwin Awards, a website that awards people posthumously for removing themselves from the gene pool in idiotic ways (often hilarious), has shown there is a huge gender gap between male and female award winners.
The BMJ’s introduction to their study states that males are more likely to end up in emergency rooms or morgues due to their risk taking behavior, which is all well-documented, due to their involvement with sports, risky occupations and irresponsible driving practices that resulted in more male-involved traffic accidents, but the study specifically want to prove that males were more likely to take idiotic risks that resulted in their demise.
The researchers call this the Male Idiot Theory (MIT).
The site defines idiotic risk as:
Senseless risks, where the apparent payoff is negligible or non-existent, and the outcome is often extremely negative and often final.
To test their hypothesis in the MIT theory, The BMJ studied 20 years of Darwin Award submissions (1995-2014) and found that men are significantly more likely to engage in risky behavior that resulted in their deaths, thus proving the MIT correct.
In order to win a Darwin Award the person must be dead, they must be the cause of their own death, be of sound judgement, the event must be verified, and most importantly, their death must be due to a severe lack of common sense.
From the study:
The Darwin Awards Committee attempts to make a clear distinction between idiotic deaths and accidental deaths. For instance, Darwin Awards are unlikely to be awarded to individuals who shoot themselves in the head while demonstrating that a gun is unloaded. This occurs too often and is classed as an accident. In contrast, candidates shooting themselves in the head to demonstrate that a gun is loaded may be eligible for a Darwin Award—such as the man who shot himself in the head with a “spy pen” weapon to show his friend that it was real.
Here are the results:
Of the 318 confirmed Darwin Awards, 282 of them were males, while only 36 were females, which shows that males are remarkably more likely to engage in perilously stupid behavior.
Now, the study is not 100 percent conclusive, the study says:
This study has limitations. One of the weaknesses is the retrospective nature of the data collection. One alternative explanation for the marked sex difference in Darwin Award winners is that there is some kind of selection bias. Women may be more likely to nominate men for a Darwin Award, or there may be some selection bias within the Darwin Awards Committee. In addition, there may be some kind of reporting bias. Idiotic male candidates may be more newsworthy than idiotic female Darwin Award candidates.
That being said, hospital and death statistics on males show that there is indeed risk-taking behavior at play.
For example, read this Double Darwin Award:
(2 March 2014, Rotterdam, Netherlands) Two apparently intoxicated men dared each other to test their courage against an intercity train at a Rotterdam train station. At 1800 hours on a Sunday night, the station was crowded with more than 300 fans returning from a soccer-match pitting Feyenoord against Ajax at De Kuip, the most beautiful soccer stadium in Holland.
The two men stepped off the platform and strode forth onto the tracks. One super daredevil lay down between the tracks, intending to prove that the entire train would pass over him. What a story to tell! His friend was less confident and he merely knelt down next to the track and kept his head as close as possible to where he thought the train’s profile would be. Turns out that the 130 km/h train that came down the track some seconds later was both lower and wider than they thought. They were killed instantly.
Don’t feel too bad guys, your risk-taking behavior has resulted in applaudable feats and creative innovations that would have never been discovered if it hadn’t been for male-brand gutsiness, but among you are some true idiots, more so than women.
So please, guys, before you take an insane risk to impress a crowd or for curiosity’s sake, stop and evaluate the possible outcomes.