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My dad will never ask for directions until he is tired of hearing my mom ask why he does not stop and ask. I just thought that my dad was different. Apparently, both of my brothers are the same. They will also not ask until they get frustrated. My dad actually calls these "adventures" “shortcuts”. And that I should just enjoy the experience. I call them “longcuts”. And think he should have look at the map. I've driven with my male co-workers and they do the same!! So it must be a common thing with men. My question is: men, why rise your blood pressure and just stop and ask? Or worst get tone deaf. I'm concern about your health. This could be a health crises!
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As a male, I can honestly say that I dunno.

Then again, I am a bad person to ask because I have never really been genuinely lost like that. I was blessed with a pretty solid navigational sense, even in unfamiliar areas. Sometimes I take a wrong turn, but I have a good head for where I am in relation to my goal (assuming I know where my goal is). In that case, I just enjoy the detour I've gotten myself into since I can't do much else.

And in the rare case where I do genuinely get lost... I have a cell phone. With a GPS on it. I can just ask the phone and its instructions will be more accurate than some random guy at the gas station.
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I have a very punchable face. Asking people scares me.
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It is because we men have a sense of direction built in us. Some men will ask for directions. But not me, I hate asking for direction. I find new areas to explore and where not to go.
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Xhronis wrote:

As a male, I can honestly say that I dunno.

Then again, I am a bad person to ask because I have never really been genuinely lost like that. I was blessed with a pretty solid navigational sense, even in unfamiliar areas. Sometimes I take a wrong turn, but I have a good head for where I am in relation to my goal (assuming I know where my goal is). In that case, I just enjoy the detour I've gotten myself into since I can't do much else.

And in the rare case where I do genuinely get lost... I have a cell phone. With a GPS on it. I can just ask the phone and its instructions will be more accurate than some random guy at the gas station.


That is your built-in sense of direction or compass. It is something only men have and it is the best thing to have.
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ASKING QUESTIONS IS WEAKNESS!!! The only valid target for asking questions to is machines because they are mindless servants.

Also since I never pay attention to street names or remember what directions people tell me I'm better off not asking and just looking at a map
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paul25454 wrote:


Xhronis wrote:

As a male, I can honestly say that I dunno.

Then again, I am a bad person to ask because I have never really been genuinely lost like that. I was blessed with a pretty solid navigational sense, even in unfamiliar areas. Sometimes I take a wrong turn, but I have a good head for where I am in relation to my goal (assuming I know where my goal is). In that case, I just enjoy the detour I've gotten myself into since I can't do much else.

And in the rare case where I do genuinely get lost... I have a cell phone. With a GPS on it. I can just ask the phone and its instructions will be more accurate than some random guy at the gas station.


That is your built-in sense of direction or compass. It is something only men have and it is the best thing to have.


Ah, thank you for explaining it to me! I never would have known!
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Google maps
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i am not men and i also don't like to ask for directions

that's what the GPS is for lol
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I'm not a man either and I hate asking for directions so if my gps stops working I will just go on those "adventures " until I find my way out.

Actually, I was told by my male boss that it is better to get lost and find the way ourselves than using a gps or asking for directions because that's how we learn to go to places without depending on a gps or people.
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I'm a guy... I don't do that so..? Who would I be trying to save face with anyways?
My family? Like they don't know I'm lost already at that point. Not asking for directions
when I'm lost looks dumber then being lost to begin with.. Tell your father next time
hes lost the internet only thinks hes dumb if he doesn't ask for directions.

As an aside, how do people get lost today? Don't you have computers and smart
phones shoved up your %%% No one should get lost in a 1st world nation..
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Rujikin wrote:

ASKING QUESTIONS IS WEAKNESS!!! The only valid target for asking questions to is machines because they are mindless servants.

Also since I never pay attention to street names or remember what directions people tell me I'm better off not asking and just looking at a map


Quoted for truth.

It's an animal sense of weakness if the person driving doesn't know where they're going and has to admit it in front of their charge, and also halt the entire expedition because of their failure.

Sadly, your questioning may make it worse.

Protip: Ask to stop at a busy-looking gas station or some place with a store attached. 'Go to the bathroom' or otherwise disappear for at least 10 minutes, ask the driver to pick up a couple of items. You have a greater than 50% chance that your driver will magically know where they're going when you get back. And in any event, you can find out yourself too.
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This reminds me of the time some friends and I went horseback riding too close to sunset and ended up on top of horses in a dark forest where not even the light of the moon could reach the ground

And one of 'em just said "the horses will know where to go!" and kept wanting us to rely on the horses sense of direction but every juncture I would protest saying that the horses were choosing the wrong way, and then she would say no, we should listen to the horses!!111oneone

Eventually when the horse was trying to pass through a wire fence that was randomly strung up in the forest (why??!) she agreed to listen to me instead

So I dismounted and ran in front of the horses to lead them. In the pitch dark I got whacked in the face by a lot of branches, but felt like a total ninja. WORTH IT. (Also, got better at not getting whacked by branches fast. xD) Had us out of that forest in less than 10 minutes.

So, yeah, what's up with people who only ask directions from horses??! Am I right?!
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macht_gut wrote:

My dad will never ask for directions until he is tired of hearing my mom ask why he does not stop and ask. I just thought that my dad was different. Apparently, both of my brothers are the same. They will also not ask until they get frustrated. My dad actually calls these "adventures" “shortcuts”. And that I should just enjoy the experience. I call them “longcuts”. And think he should have look at the map. I've driven with my male co-workers and they do the same!! So it must be a common thing with men. My question is: men, why rise your blood pressure and just stop and ask? Or worst get tone deaf. I'm concern about your health. This could be a health crises!


Even though the "We Are Better Than You" Why-parody threads are now becoming the CR Forum equivalent of Seltzer & Friedberg comedies (we get them already, make them stop, make them stop!), there is actually a joke-killing real-life answer to this question:

Science believes that some senses were evolutionarily conditioned in genders, and that males, who prehistorically had to travel long distances for hunting, developed a better "internal compass" for judging direction, and men tend to trust their own instincts over a map that's hard to picture in real life.
Thus confusing females who can't understand why no one else has an instinct for "Look, just do what the instructions say, and there'll be no problem at all."

It's ten thousand years too late to complain about it or place blame, but there ya go.
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Posted 11/17/15
I've read that studies have found that women tend to orient themselves more relationally (every location relative to other locations) while men tend to orient themselves more with a mental bird's-eye-view kind of map, so it's kinda the opposite of the instincts you just described.
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