I am a college student in the US and have been noticing some odd patterns lately. In my observations, women and men are more likely to be attracted to others who are certain college majors. I’ve been watching these interactions for a few months and have come to notice the following patterns:
Women are more excited when men declare their majors as pre-med, law, or economics. They seem quicker to end the conversation/disappointed when men list their majors as business, history, or English.
Men are more excited when women list their majors as pre-med/nursing/business/art. I’ve noticed that men seem pleased when I say that I am an elementary education major (a traditionally feminine major).
I expected to see traditional power roles in this (and definitely have) but have been pleased to notice that men respond positively to women who are studying business or pre-med. How much of a role do you think this plays in social interactions?