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Social Differences Between Genders Fact or Fiction Living in a society inundated with different gender-related social interaction styles its easy to understand why people believe that men and women come from two distinctly different cultures Gender roles have become learned patterns of behavior that we as American citizens define as masculine and feminine At a young age our society begins to teach children what behavior patterns are acceptable for their social roles These roles are influenced by numerous factors Societys norms an individuals culture and socioeconomic background all determine a persons role in society It is these factors that give our society a unique array of social identities that are practiced when we interact with one another During my study I observed several different discussions Included in my surveillance were interactions between same sex opposite sex and intercultural relationships In same sex female interactions girls were more apt to sit across form each other They were very interactive and tended to be particularly talkative Females leaned into each other and displayed a wide variety of non verbal communication such as hand gestures and head nodding It also became the norm for females to travel in large groups ranging from three to seven members However when males journey together their mannerisms differ from those of females While eating males usually sat diagonally across from each other They exhibited many masculine stereotypical behaviors Most males ate like cavemen grasping their forks with all five fingers and conversing with their mouths full of food One male even blew his nose at the table something that is culturally and socially deplorable but is acceptable in the presence of other guys The guys were not as talkative as the ladies and tended to eat in groups of two However when they did chat the topic was usually sports and they displayed little to no eye contact with a series of glances around the room I also noted
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