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What Are Most People Overconfident And Underconfident About?

Researchers have revealed the things that most people think they are especially good at, and the skills they underestimate

We all know someone who thinks they’re a great driver (*cough* mum!), despite often driving in the middle of two lanes and parking in bus stops.

A study from 1981 found that 90 percent of participants were confident they were above-average drivers, which we can all confidently agree can’t be true.

Most people's driving skills. giphy.com

According to the New York Times, researchers have found that driving isn’t the only thing people are overconfident about. The list also includes:

  • Befriending animals
  • Not getting scammed
  • Smooching
  • Being a computer whizz
  • Keeping your emotions in check
  • Being a good pal

The worst combo is to have a friend rely on you for your computer skills, then to get scammed by a Nigerian Prince via Gmail, only to result in you unable to control your emotions while crying.

The study also found that men were more overconfident about how they compared to other men in performing stereotypically male tasks, such as playing poker, or fixing a chair.

Guy too confident about fixing a chair. giphy.com

People’s underconfidence was also tested in the research, and found that they often underestimated their ability to:

  • Bust some moves on the dance floor
  • Play soccer
  • Paint a beautiful portrait
  • Earn a billion dollars like Oprah

People were probably especially underconfident about making a billion dollars while painting a portrait of someone playing soccer.

Luckily, ‘ability to conduct reliable research’ isn’t on the list, or else we’d probably have to discard all these results.