Why Yawning Is More Contagious For Women

Contagious yawning happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often with women than men: study.


How do you interpret a yawn? Whether a sign of fatigue or boredom, psychologists say yawning is contagious, yet not all people are susceptible. A new study based on five years of direct observation finds mirroring another’s yawn happens more often between friends and family than strangers, more often for women than men.

According to the Italian researchers, their work “supports the hypothesis that this phenomenon has an empathic basis.” So are women simply more empathic than men?

By Susan Scutti