Researchers at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published a survey that looked at Americans biggest regrets. Of the 370 adults that participated, ages 19 to 103-years-old, the top regret was romantic experiences with 18%. This was followed by family regrets (16%), education (13%), career (12%), finance (10%) and parenting (9%).
When comparing the sexes, men were more likely to have regrets about work or education with 34% compared to women at 26%. “There was a sense of frustration that a job doesn’t reflect inner passion,” said senior study author Neal Roese, a psychologist and professor of marketing at Northwestern. People in the study with less education were more likely to have education regrets and people with greater education had more career regrets.
So according to this study women do have less regrets about where they have ended up in their careers, but when it comes to relationships, we are way more worried that we made some major mistakes. About 44% of the regrets described by women were about relationship mistakes compared to 19% of men’s.