(Telegraph) No more tears: men really do cry less than women
By Telegraph Men 10:33AM GMT 12 Jan 2015
Men cry less often and for shorter durations than women, according to a study by a leading tear researcher in Holland
Men are often accused of being the colder hearted of the sexes.
Now, research conducted in Holland appears to lend credence to that claim, by suggesting that men cry less often than women.
Professor Ad Vingerhoets, a clinical psychologist at Tilburg University, asked over 5,000 people in 37 countries about their emotional habits.
The anecdotal evidence he collected suggested that while the waterworks flow for women between 30 and 64 times a year, men only well up between six and 17 times per year.
And when men do cry, they turn the tear tap off much quicker than women. According to the study, men cry for an average of two to three minutes, compared to six minutes for women.
Prof Vingerhoets, a leading tear researcher who has published a book on his studies into crying, said that the differences “could perhaps be explained to a large extent by the fact that women more often watch tear-jerkers and read sentimental literature”.
There are various theories to explain why men are less inclined to shed tears than women. For example, scientific conjecture has suggested that testosterone may inhibit crying; conversely, the hormone prolactin, which women possess to greater degrees, may promote it.
Another argument posits that women have shallower tear ducts, which means the banks are more likely to burst when they feel emotional.