After a break up, you can find most women anguished and crying with a tub of ice cream. This is how typically a women reacts when she is suffering a loss.
Scientists at Binghamton University in New York believe that women actually suffer more emotionally than men after a breakup. But they bounce back much faster.
"After being dumped, women are more likely to be angry, anxious and far more likely to put on weight than men. But they are also "less destructive" and turn to friends and family for support, which helps them to move on", says a new study.
Actually men don't reach this point at all. They simply make peace with being single again, even though it leaves resentment that can linger for years.
They found that the difference was due to biology. Women are more open to feelings and recover better than men especially if they are hoping to have a family.
A survey was taken in about 5,705 people in 96 countries where the pain of breakup was ranked on a scale from zero to ten. Zero and ten referred to no effect and bearable respectively.
The average rank of emotional anguish in women was 6.84 compared to 6.58 rank for men. They also suffered more physically, with an average of 4.21 versus men's 3.75. Women also showed more anger and anxiety than men and also suffered insomnia. They turned to comfort food more which being the significant factor for weight gain in women.
Craig Morris, lead author of the study, said, "women overcame their problems by relying on their social support network. Although men may "make peace" with the situation they don't express a definite 'I'm over that' sentiment as clearly as women".
Professor Morris described the men's reaction as self-destructive and said, "This can last for months or years. Then they just sort of 'move on', usually via another relationship." The findings were published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences