Men walk slower with romantic partners
Men are likely to slow down to match a woman’s walking pace, but only if he considers her his romantic partner, according to new research.
Researchers from Seattle Pacific University said that men and women have different “optimal walking speeds,” so when a man and a woman are walking together, one person needs to either speed up or slow down.
The new study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, further examined speed choices among both sexes.
Participants included 22 people made up of 11 heterosexual, romantically-linked couples. They were asked to walk around a track alone, then with their significant other, then with a non-romantic friend.
Results showed that walking paces did not significantly change when the participants walked with friends, but when walking with the significant others, the men slowed down by an average of 7 percent.