There has been uproar in our society about why, despite there being an information overload on the novel coronavirus, that most men still seem to be overlooking safety precautions by not wearing masks, not practicing social distancing and “liming” when they should be at home.
A lot of it is ingrained into the Guyanese man from very young—the importance of the clothes he wears, the way he walks and talks, the need to be hard and not show emotions, and not have anyone disrespect him.
Confirmation bias: Another significant aspect to consider as it relates to why men are more likely to ignore calls to adhere to safety precautions is the simple fact that it is easier for us to follow and listen to “information” that supports our beliefs.
Mental health: Studies conducted in the UK showed that young men aged 19 to 24 were more likely to ignore lockdown and safety advice if they were depressed.
On the other hand, men who were diagnosed with anxiety were more likely to listen to medical advice on good hygiene and social distancing.