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Cry Babies Want Something -Attention

Women cry more than men ‘because of the media’





Reuters/Denis Sinyakov

Reuters/Denis Sinyakov

Stereotypes suggest that men are more cold-hearted than women, and less likely to cry. Studies show this may be true.

Published time: January 12, 2015 18:41    

According to a study by  a reputable tear researcher in Holland, men cry less and for  shorter durations than females. It has been discovered that men  cry for an average of two to three minutes, compared to six  minutes for women.

  It is further suggested that men show less compassion because  they are not presented as “emotional” in the media.

  Professor Ad Vingerhoets, a clinical psychologist at Tilburg  University, asked over 5,000 people in 37 countries about their  emotional habits.

  In Vingerhoets’s observation, 66 percent of male participants  cried for less than five minutes; 24 percent cried between six  and 15 minutes. Meanwhile, 43 percent of women cried for less  than five minutes, while 38 percent cried between six and 15  minutes.

  The research also revealed that men are less likely to experience   “extreme crying.” Women are twice as likely to cry for  between 16 and 30 minutes. Females are also “likely to cry  for more than an hour.”

Evidence gathered from the study states that while females cry  between 30 to 64 times a year, men only cry between six to 17  times per year.

  According to Vingerhoets’s study, “at the sight of women  crying, men often feel irritation and tend to ignore the  crier.” His findings imply that men should be more  sympathetic with their “more emotional” female partners  when watching a romantic film with them.

  However, Vingerhoet said: “The differences in the sexes could  perhaps be explained to a large extent by the fact that women  more often watch tearjerkers and read sentimental  literature.”

Speaking to RT, Asha Dahaya – editor of Girltalk HQ, a daily news  blog about female empowerment – said: “I think if the media  had a more balanced perspective of human emotions, and didn’t  pigeon-hole women and men, perhaps this survey would have  different results.”

Dahaya believes there is “a lot to learn” from Vingerhoet’s  study, as she argues there aren’t enough “emotional  males” on television or in the media for men to “relate  to.”

“There is a segregated view of what is accepted as masculine  and feminine in the media; it’s because of the media,” she  adds.

“You can’t be what you can’t see,” she added, suggesting  that males will not cry whilst watching an emotional movie if men  in the movie are not emotional.

  There are many theories to suggest why men are less emotional  than women. For instance, the Scientific Conjecture suggests that  testosterone could inhibit crying, while the hormone prolactin –   which women possess to a larger degree – might encourage it.

  Esquire magazine, however, claims there are films that have the  power to make men cry. Those include The Shawshank Redemption,  Saving Private Ryan, and Babe. The films listed are not typical  tearjerkers.

  Nevertheless, a study by Richard Post – a researcher in human  genetics at the University of Michigan – suggests that “women  have shallower tear ducts,” implying that women’s tear banks  are more likely to burst when they feel emotional

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