If you want to know what man wants and focuses his energy on, look at his house, his health, his time away from work, and his views on family. With that in mind, let us explore four male lifestyle trends in home improvement, health, travel, and marriage.
Home Improvement: A Hands-on Approach
Guys like to do things. For one reason or another, men often prefer getting involved in many a process rather than letting others do it for them. For instance, a male will most likely try to fix the kitchen sink or washing machine before calling a qualified repairer. While this is not always the best course of action to take, it is in a man’s genes to attempt all tasks regardless of whether he has the knowledge to do so or is a complete novice.
The same is true for home improvement. Recently, many guys are putting in the study hours, booking their CSCS tests, and getting their Construction Skills Certification Scheme card. Along with the opportunity to work in the industry as a laborer, skilled worker, apprentice, or experienced technical supervisor, the CSCS gives them the necessary knowledge to tackle all kinds of projects at home, from the aforementioned sink to much more complex jobs like complete house renovation, the adding or getting rid of a specific room, and foundational work.
Health: A Comprehensive Proposition
Perhaps the biggest difference between men in the late eighties and nineties and their counterparts in the early 21st century is how they view health and fitness. Part of it is due to having access to much better sources of information from experts, wellness gurus, and medical practitioners. Part of it is also a shift in what the concept of being healthy means. While in the past, it represented an enviable physique including a six-pack, broad shoulders, and giant biceps, today it entails flexibility, functionality, and longevity.
Of course, the modern man wants to look good, both for himself and for his partner. He wants to feel confident at the beach, in the gym, and at the office. But this is no longer enough. He also wants his internal organs to perform at their optimum levels, his blood pressure to be at the right number, and his state of mind to be in prime condition.
The result is a comprehensive, all-inclusive attitude towards prevention medicine, nutrition, mental health, social standing, and overall quality of life.
Travel: Tourism With a Purpose
When it comes to travel, arguably the biggest difference between men and women is that women don’t mind doing it alone. Guys, on the other, whether because of pride, fear, or the thought of being considered a loser, choose to travel with their families, friends, or significant other or stay home.
As we learn more about gender issues, we are slowly beginning to realize that males are more than just brunt, aggressiveness, and testosterone. They also have feelings of insecurity and doubt. They also hesitate when having to make important decisions and need help.
Luckily, this understanding has created a transformation in the way guys see travel. Not only are the numbers of single male travelers increasing every year, but the purpose of their journeys is changing as well. Today, men don’t want to go overseas only to join pub crawls and electronic dance parties. They also want to contribute to the environment, assist children through volunteering activities, and make the world a better place.
Marriage: A Proud Husband and Father
Since 1962, there have been 27 movies about the debonair secret MI6 agent James Bond. Only in one of them, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, did he get married. While he did indeed walk the aisle in Sean Connery’s You Only Live Twice, his nuptials were part of a cover-up in the undermining of his arch-nemesis, Ernst Stavro Blofeld, later made popular by Mike Myers in Austin Powers.
Throughout the twentieth century and the beginnings of the twenty-first, this highly sexualized, playboy view on men didn’t change. A single, cocky, immature guy somehow was the symbol of sexiness and male confidence.
Fortunately, things are not the same as they used to be. Men in this day and age are not afraid of calling themselves loyal husbands and loving fathers. In fact, it is the opposite. They flaunt their love for only one woman, cherish their children’s success, and don’t mind names like girl-dad or family man.
Four key lifestyle trends in men are a hands-on approach to home improvement, an all-encompassing view on health, fitness, and well-being, a shift in travel perspectives, and a more traditional view on marriage, family, and children.
As males become more educated, less dependent on physical strength, and more aware of their feelings, these tendencies will also continue to evolve for the better.