The Science Behind Break-Ups
Why Men and Women Experience It Differently

August 24, 2015

Biology may be to blame for the different ways men and women get over their failed relationships.

Breakups may prove to be more difficult for women than men but sorry to disappoint you gentlemen, women recover faster.

We all have our various ways of dealing with a break-up as they can be tough like binge- series watching, ice cream eating and partying it up until you can no longer stand it.

Do not forget the boxes of stuff that need to be returned and the awkwardness that follows once you inform your friends or family that you no longer seeing that person.

A new study conducted at the University of Binghamton (BU) suggests that there are links between the two sexes besides biology which explain how they handle break-ups.

5, 705 people from across 95 countries, participated in the study and were asked to rate ‘physical and emotional pain of a breakup on a scale of one (none) to 10 (unbearable)’.

They found that yes women felt it more when it boiled down to emotional and physical pain but they fared better in terms of recovery than their male counterparts.

“Averaging a score of 6.84 in terms of emotional anguish and 4.21 for physical pain. This was compared to the men’s respective scores of 6.58 and 3.75.T”. However, according to the lead study author, Craig Morris who is an associate at BU; men do not recover; they just seem to move on and these contrasts stem from biology.

Put simply, women are evolved to invest far more in a relationship than a man,” Morris said in a press release; hence why the loss of a ‘high quality’ relationship hurts more for women.

With men, it’s a little different- that phase you go through when you party it up with your buddies and it does not hurt as much in the beginning? Sound familiar?

Morris says “loss of a mate for a man may not “hurt” as much at first. Instead, he’s likely to feel the loss once it starts to sink in, in which he’ll have to start competing for a new partner.”

Researchers also found out that by the time you reach the age of 30, you would have experienced an average of three break-ups with at least one having a damper on your life leading up to the few weeks and months after the break up.

Sources: Medical Daily

Alice Paulse