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15 October 2009

Women cry more, longer than men

Not only do women cry more often than men, they do it for longer and in more dramatic fashion, according to German experts who analysed previous studies.

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Not only do women cry more often than men, they do it for longer and in more dramatic fashion, according to German experts who analysed previous studies.

They found that women cry an average of 30 to 64 times a year, while men shed tears six to 17 times, Agence France-Presse reported.

Women tend to cry for about six minutes while men sob for between two and four minutes. Weeping turns into all-out crying for women 65% of the time, compared with 6% for males, said the German Society of Ophthalmology.

There are also gender differences in reasons for crying. Men tend to cry from empathy or when a relationship fails, while women cry when they remember past events, feel inadequate, and when they face situations that are difficult to resolve, AFP reported. - (HealthDay News, October 2009)

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