Emotional Rollercoaster of Romance Worse for Men

Here’s an interesting finding: It turns out that the emotional ups and downs of a romantic relationship take a greater toll on men than women. Robin Simon, a professor of sociology at Wake Forest University, looked at 1,000 unmarried males and females between the ages of 18 and 23 and found that males got greater emotional benefits than females when their relationships were going well, but their mental health suffered more during strained and unhappy times.
Simon suggests this may be because women are more likely to have other close relationships with family members or friends, while young men tend to be emotionally intimate primarily with their girlfriends.
On the other hand, girls are more affected by whether or not they’re in a romantic relationship at all, meaning they benefit more from simply being in a relationship, but they’re more likely to be depressed when a relationship ends.

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