When a man wears a watch he has on, he may well have the best of intentions.
But it might be a little confusing to a woman.
A study by the University of California, San Diego, and the University at Buffalo found that men who wear watches with a date code can be mistaken for women when it comes to gender stereotypes.
Researchers used a social media platform to study more than 7,000 men and women ages 18 to 65 and surveyed 1,000 people about their favorite watch brands.
They found that, for men, the most popular watch brand was Omega, followed by Rolex, which had the second-most men.
But when it came to women, Rolex was the most common watch brand for women.
The most popular women’s brand was Breguet, followed closely by Rolexes, and Rolex is by far the most favored watch brand among men.
The researchers also looked at whether watches that read “Dates with Date Codes” were more likely to be worn by women than by men.
They said yes, with watches that wrote “Dated with Date Code” more likely than watches that didn’t.
The results of the study have implications for men and boys.
Women who wear a watch with a different date code to a man can be interpreted as more feminine, said study co-author and associate professor of sociology and women’s studies at UC San Diego Elizabeth M. Witte.
If a man wants to look at a woman, it might help him feel comfortable, she said.
It’s important for men to wear a smart watch because they’re constantly being watched, Witte said.
But for women to be comfortable, they need to be aware of the different ways they’re being seen and what they’re supposed to be doing.
That’s why men should consider wearing a watch when they’re on their way to work or in a meeting, Wittle said.
A smart watch can help them to see the date codes, and if a man is wearing it, he’ll be more likely not to be misinterpreted.
“Women who wear smart watches are much more likely for them to wear them in meetings than for men,” she said, “because they see it as a signal of their ability to be present, be in control and be engaged in a conversation.”