According to Fergie, Big Girls Don’t Cry, but a new study shows that big boys do.
He might like you to believe he’s as hard as nails, but don’t be fooled by your man’s tough exterior. Enlightening new research has found that today’s men are in fact more likely to cry, as compared to men from earlier generations.
Conducted on 2,000 men, the research commissioned by Universal Channel found that modern men are twice as likely to cry in public as their fathers, the Independent reported.
The study showed that middle aged men cry in front of other people an average of 14 different times during their adult life, while for the generation above, men reported that they have only ever done so on five occasions.
British men are not only crying more frequently and more openly, but also about more trivial thing. The survey also found that nearly 8 in 10 of the respondents have cried during an emotional television programme.
Psychologist Donna Dawson said that even though today’s society is more approving of public tears, there is still a lurking fear in many of us that the people witnessing it will make fun of us.
Dawson added, “Fictional TV shows are more likely to elicit tears because they allow a more pure, universal expression of grief- an emotional ‘unloading’- which is not tainted by the conflicting emotions of guilt, regret, confusion and anger that often accompany specific real-life situations. Conflicting emotions can stop or inhibit us from crying over a situation.”
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