The age old idea that ‘men don’t have feelings, they have muscles’ can finally be done away with.
A new study has revealed that while men reported feeling less emotional than women when presented with heart-warming content, the science proved that they actually felt MORE emotion than their female counter parts.
Mindlab founder Dr. David Lewis said that our media consumption has led to these gender stereotypes:
“Gender stereotypes about men being stoic and women being emotional are reinforced by our day-to-day consumption of media and our social interactions.
“We tend to oversimplify and exaggerate the perceived differences between men and women and are more likely to focus on evidence that supports our existing gender stereotypes.
“This study suggests that men feel emotion just as much as women, sometimes more strongly, but are less willing to express these emotions openly due to expectations put on them by society.”
A survey of 2,000 men was conducted to support the study, and it found that 67% thought they were more emotional than they appeared. 40% of 18-24 year-olds said they had cried in the last week, and 64% of men surveyed said they were surprised at how much emotion they felt when their child was born.
At last, some science to prove what we had always suspected!