Men less likely to use face masks in fear of being uncool

Date:15 May 2020 Author: Adrian Brown

Leaving the house without a face mask, during these times, is quite a risk. You’d be putting yourself, your family, and strangers in danger. It seems, however, that this is not the biggest concern for some men out there.

A new study has reported that men are much less likely to follow the recommended practice of wearing a face mask. The research, which investigated the effect of messaging and gender on people’s intentions to wear a mask, relied in part on a survey they conducted.

According to the survey, those men who refused a face mask attributed their unwillingness to sport the mask to the chance of coming across as weak or uncool.

“Men more than women agree that wearing a face covering is shameful, not cool, a sign of weakness, and a stigma,” the study authors wrote. They do clarify, however, that in countries where a mask is mandatory these gender differences go away.

Another finding from the study shows that men are less likely to believe that COVID-19 could seriously affect them. This is dangerous since studies have found that men are actually more likely to die from the virus.

Of course, it is important that this idea of weakness is done away with. Wearing a mask ensures the safety of not only yourself, but many others.

In South Africa, the government has made it compulsory to wear a face mask in public.

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