Study: Manspreading Won’t Go Away

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By Jillian Kay Melchior | 1:57 pm, December 10, 2016

Despite ad campaigns and social-media shaming, one in four men riding the New York City subway continue to manspread, a new Hunter College study found.

The research team observed the behavior of more than 5,100 straphangers over a month this fall, meticulously recording data about their behavior.

They found that 26 percent of men manspread, their legs splayed so widely apart that it blocks others from sitting in the adjacent seat. Males in the 30- to 50-year-old age range were the worst manspreaders, the study found.

Despite the pervasiveness of the manspread, the study’s authors said their data also showed that, “when it comes to the city’s straphangers, chivalry, perhaps, is not quite dead.”

Subway seats showed a gender gap, with men opting to stand and women getting the seats. And the more crowded the subway car, the sharper the gender disparity.

The MTA also noted this phenomenon earlier this year, concluding it is “probably because New York’s gentlemen do live up to cultural expectations regarding giving up seats to ladies and children.”