Women have no shortage to their lists of annoying habits that men have. Knowing what women find annoying about men is invaluable not only because they are habits that you may not realize you do but also because it gives you an opportunity to break those habits and improve your relationship with the fairer sex.
Here are 10 common annoying things that women hate and men often don't even realize they do.
#1 Adjusting the privates
This isn't something that you grow out of after puberty. Men have a lot of fascination with what lurks beneath and as long as they have full use of their hands, a lot of time can be spent down there 'sorting the boys out.' It may not be sexual, and may just be for the purposes of comfort but it is something that women time and time again complain about. Despite the reason, it isn't the most hygienic practice and the image of a man lying on the couch with a bag of chips in one hand and his manhood in the other will never break into a woman's top ten sexual fantasies.
#2 Selective hearing
Men all over the world have sat in front of a television and watched a program while their wife or girlfriend attempted to initiate a conversation with them. It never ends well. Apart from 'eating chips, adjusting the privates and watching the TV,' scientists have demonstrated that men are less capable than women at multitasking; yet we still attempt to watch TV and listen to her. The TV usually wins. This phenomenon happens in other situations too, like when driving, eating, or reading. Pretending to listen to her or selectively listening to her is more annoying to women than just not listening at all.
#3 Passing gas
Whatever form it may take, it is repellent to a woman. It may have been big and clever to see who can make the biggest belch in grade school but after reaching the age of majority, the novelty should have long gone. You may see nothing wrong with it, but nothing is more likely to put an early end to a night of passion than releasing hot air.
#4 Man flu
The term 'man flu' has permeated the public consciousness as a way of suggesting that men, unlike women, exaggerate symptoms of minor illnesses. Scientific evidence for this is ambiguous and sometimes unreliable, but researchers at the University of Cambridge have suggested that evolutionary factors may have led to men becoming more vulnerable and susceptible to illness than women and so there may be some credit due to 'sick' men throughout the world. But just because you are ill doesn't mean you have to be such a baby about it. How many times has your sweetheart nursed you back to health and how many times have you returned the favour?
Women absolutely despise catching their men ogling other women. Women ogle too, visually admiring the opposite sex just as much as their male counterparts, except they generally do it with a greater level of subtlety. You might not be able to help it but you can at least be more discreet about it. There are multiple levels of irritation she experiences when she catches you ogling: she is annoyed, threatened, embarrassed, and she is likely also angered by the fact that you can't do it well enough that she doesn't notice.
#6 Talking about your ex
You may think that the odd comment about your high school sweetheart here and there is harmless, but it annoys, and even offends, your current partner. Talking about the ex is a "no go" area. Never do it. Ever. Mentioning your ex is a lose-lose situation. Focus on keeping your current partner happy -- as far as she is concerned, your sex life before her was non-existent. If a previous girlfriend happens to come up in conversation, be as sparing of detail as possible and avoid casting any opinion about her or your relationship with her.
#7 Talking about your mother
You might think that your beloved would never feel threatened by someone as harmless as Mom; however, this couldn't be further from the truth. Women and mothers-in-law instinctively aren't inclined to get along: it's human nature. Wives generally feel as though their mother-in-law is judging them while mothers generally fear that their son is being taken away from them by a less capable woman. This is why the odd comment such as "my Mom makes the best apple pie" will often touch a nerve with your partner. You're making a benign comment but she is hearing "you're not doing it right."
#8 Expecting sex
Men are inclined to link most things back to sex; it's not our fault, it's nature. Men are hardwired this way. The sexual pursuit area is 2.5 times larger in Male brains than in female brains, therefore it is natural that sex should be a constant presence somewhere in our psyche. Unfortunately, this often means that when a woman shows us signs of amiability and decency, male arrogance leads us to the conclusion that she must want sex and sadly, for both parties, she ends up fighting off unwanted advances.
#9 Showing off
Showing off is a natural male instinct. Across all animals and species, the mating process usually involves a male vying for a female's attention and willing to go to any lengths of show-off and ostentation to achieve that attention. Unfortunately, this kind of misplaced machismo has penetrated everyday living with an inevitably irritating outcome. Most women don't care to hear your old college stories, athletic victories or how many other women you've 'bagged' - especially more than once. It may seem macho to some of your friends but to women, and indeed many other men, it is just annoying and rude.
Women absolutely loathe when you forget. Although they may forgive you for the occasional forgotten detail, pickup or memo, they are usually not so forgiving when you make it a habit or forget something important to them, like a favour, dinner plans, or worse, an anniversary. Unfortunately, it does happen and it is usually results in a really angry partner. It was an accident and you didn't mean to forget but in doing so you have made her feel unimportant, undervalued and overall disappointed.