Men need time with mates

It may not be something the ladies want to hear, but there is now scientific evidence that proves that every man needs a good night out with the boys.

According to the research undertaken by scientists from Germany’s University of Gottingen, male bonding is more likely to lower a man’s stress levels than a night out with his partner, or time spent with the family.

Researchers studied groups of Barbary macaques, a type of ape that exhibits remarkably human-like social behaviour. The study – which will no doubt be seen as a green light by men across the country – found that males suffered much less anxiety and were more relaxed after time out with a group of other males. However, male stress hormone levels escalated when male macaques spent time with their partner or family members.

Long-term stress hormone elevation can increase the likelihood of disease and mortality. The study showed that males keeping a few close male friends could actually provide a buffer against day-to-day stress, while individuals with weak social ties had a higher risk of health problems.

So, even if men do act like monkeys, it seems that there’s some method to their madness. Heading out for a beer with the boys doesn’t have to be seen as a bad thing any more. Hopefully, the ladies will enjoy the benefits of lower stress levels around the house, and while the man’s away, it’ll provide the perfect opportunity for a girls’ night!

If you need further evidence, you can read the University of Gottingen report.

Written by Leon Della Bosca

Publisher of YourLifeChoices – Australia's most-trusted and longest-running retirement website. A trusted voice on Australia's retirement landscape, including retirement income and planning, government entitlements, lifestyle and news and information relevant to Australians over 50. Leon has worked in publishing for more than 25 years and is also a travel writer and editor, graphic designer and photographer.

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