Study: Men Take Short Cuts, While Women Follow Well-Known Routes 

Science has officially proved that men tend to navigate more efficiently than women. University of California, Santa Barbara researchers conducted two experiments and found that in computer stimulations “men were more likely to take shortcuts and on average reached their goal location faster than women,” and that, “[by] contrast, female participants were more likely to follow learned routes and wander.” Still, study leader Alexander Boone says the results could just reflect that “the sex difference in efficiency is due in part to facility with the interface or navigation in virtual environments, as men tend to spend more time playing video games.” Therefore, the scientists say it will be important for future research to examine whether the results hold true when people navigate in real environments.