Thursday, February 9, 2012
I read an article in "Psychology Today" which said that women have heightened awareness of their surroundings. Studies show that women pay more attention than men do to their physical environment and its perceived risks. Women, for example, are conscious of the presence or absence of others who might help them, if necessary.
This fact is known by public-planners. Officials who design and maintain public parks know that women notice disarray and decay more than men do and they equate it with lack of safety. Unkempt parks make many women nervous and they stay away; their absence then makes other women stay away. Planners know that attracting women and making them feel safe is vital to the success of public space.
It is my impression that most men are generally oblivious to their surroundings. They are also unfocused on their physical safety. Men, due to the way they are raised, don't worry about being attacked and are usually less anxious in public settings than women.
Are you aware of your surroundings? Do you ever worry about your safety in public?