Men need time with mates

A new study shows that men who spend time with their friends have lower stress levels.

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.


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    30th Jan 2015
    Woo-Hoo! This means I can now refer to this highly reliable report, when I need to get out of household jobs that She Indoors insists, need to be done, now!
    "Sorry dear, I can't do those pressing jobs, I need some male-bonding time to reduce my sky-high stress levels!!" [;-)
    30th Jan 2015
    Couldn't agree more! Much as my husband & I care for each other we do need time apart. My man joined a men's chorus many years ago and has a great time one evening a week at rehearsals. He comes home having had a good laugh & joke with the guys and buoyed up with the sheer joy of singing. Highly recommended!
    30th Jan 2015
    But does He have to Bellow like that in the Shower ??
    Pass the Ductape
    31st Jan 2015
    Men act like monkeys?? Hmmm - I suppose they're entitled to. But it could be worse. They could end up acting like a bunch of gaggling chooks in a chook-run - like sheilas do when they get together! Just saying.
    31st Jan 2015
    Wankers! Glad I'm in charge of the remote control! lol lol lol

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