Girls only about as anxious about Maths as boys

According to research by German and Canadian researchers, girls are not more petrified of maths than boys as is generally believed. Humboldt University Berlin, the University of Munich and McGill University in Montreal's researchers carried out their twin study on 700 students from Class 5 to 11. The first test involved two groups of questions, one asking them about their anxiety regarding maths tests and the other about their anxiety just before and after a maths test. This was matched against another test containing a set of questions asked during a maths test via a mobile phone. The study showed that though even the girls believed that they were more anxious than boys, in reality, that was not the case.

Social media perpetuates low self-esteem in girls

Social media's negative impact of the self-esteem of girls has been made apparent by a research by Flinders University. The study was carried out on 1000 high school girls who posted pictures, their status updates and comments on social media and the discussions about appearance were influenced by the likes and comments as it involved their peers. While 80 per cent were normal weight, 46 per cent were not happy with their weight. The time that they are spending on social media is increasing and is leading to decreasing self-confidence and even depression. The online culture demands minute-by-minute updates and emphasises exhibitionism, leaving little space for self-analysis and worrying about their friends' opinion takes its toll.

Men prefer demurely dressed women

Whatever the perception may have been; has put forth the results of a study that says that men do not like skimpily dressed women. The study has confirmed that men notice women's clothes and they should take care to dress a particular way if they are interested in their attention. But contrary to popular belief, revealing clothes intimidate men and women in such clothes are less likely to be approached. About 54 per cent men said they prefer women who dress classily and only 22 per cent will respect you if you dress provocatively. More than the dress that women choose to wear; their looks were rated above it.

Toddlers watching more TV risk being bullied

While it has always been said that watching television is not healthy for toddlers, Professor Linda Pagani from University of Montreal has established that it can also lead to lower academic performance and being bullied. Apart from being bullied, they are also likely to have problems with vocabulary, maths, attention problems leading to less physical agility and effects on health and achievement. American Academy of Paediatrics recommends no TV for toddlers and beyond two years of age, a maximum of two hours. The need to be aware of this limit is stressed by this study that spanned across 991 girls and 1006 boys aged 29 months in Quebec. Compiled by AG