We know about girls’ passion for all things princess (apologies for the mostly true stereotype) and their flair for the dramatic (again, apologies), but girls are unique in fascinating ways.
Turns out girls have some advantages straight out of the womb, and some that pop up in adolescence. Other characteristics really do make them vulnerable to topsy-turvy teenage years.
Here, we have 12 scientific facts about girls that may surprise you from head to toes.
The whole saying "play like a girl" is really out of vogue, and for good reason: Girls take their sports seriously. According to The American Journal of Sports Medicine, they are more prone to the damaging effects of a concussion. Research shows female athletes show more symptoms and take longer to recover from a concussion than males.
Before adolescence, equal numbers of boys and girls are depressed. About 10 to 15 percent of all children report moderate to severe signs of depression. By age 13, a dramatic shift occurs, and more than twice as many girls as boys are depressed. Two possible reasons? Girls mature faster and are more prone to self-esteem issues.
The study Gender, Debt, and Dropping Out of College uncovered some fascinating reasons why more women graduate from college. Men are less willing to take on the heavy debt loads to complete their degree. When they reach the point of owing $12,500 in school loans, men are "more likely to be discouraged" than women - and to decide it makes sense to quit school and start working full-time.
Chances are, your little girl does, in fact, hear you when you tell her it's time to get ready for school. According to studies, girls have more sensitive hearing than boys right from birth, and the gap gets greater with age. Girls’ hearing is more sensitive to speech patterns, making it easier for them to hear what you're saying .. and their verbal processing develops earlier so they understand better, too.
Girls are four times more likely than boys to fear spiders in all of their creepy-crawly glory. Researchers found that girls are genetically predisposed to develop fear for potentially dangerous insects. Baby girls start to associate pictures of spiders with fear at only 11 months old while boys remain indifferent.
When it comes to resting heart rates, girls are ahead of boys ... from the womb (wives' tale) to adulthood (science). Men have larger hearts and lungs than women. They're able to oxygenate more blood as their hearts pump more per minute. To get a similar oxygen saturation, women's hearts have to pump faster.