A New Study Proves That Women Basically Always Win the Breakup

Sorry not sorry.

Ever have one of those breakups where your ex seems like he's killing it, while you can barely get from bed to couch? If your ex is a guy, there's scientific proof you'll likely be better off in the end.

Researchers from Binghamton University and University College London asked 5,705 people in 96 countries to rate their emotional and physical pain after a breakup. They found that women tend to get hit harder both physically and emotionally immediately after a breakup, but all that changes once time passes.

The study, published in the journal Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, found that once women have time to heal, they more fully get over the breakup than men do, regardless of whether the relationship was same-sex or opposite-sex. The researchers say that there might be an evolutionary basis to it; our female ancestors had more to risk when it came to getting into a relationship, so the loss of it hurts more initially. But once men realize they have to compete for a woman's attention again, the emotional impact really sets in.

But this isn't exactly a win for feminism. The Washington Post points out that gender norms hurt men, too, especially when they're feeling emotional. Men bottle up their emotions because they're supposed to act tough, and they don't have the kind of support system women have to deal with breakups. Instead, they don't really have any mechanism to deal with their pain, and sometimes never really feel closure because of it.

So next time your guy friend goes through a breakup, sit him down with some wine and Ben & Jerry's. He needs it more than he'll admit.

By Megan Friedman

See the full story on Cosmopolitan.com

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

What do you think?

Relationships
Share
10 Common Blow Job Struggles and How to Fix Them
From jaw-aches to foreskins, make oral even better for you both.
Relationships
Share
11 Oral Sex Things Guys Don't Care About
If he's giving or getting, not much else matters.
Relationships
Share
10 Guys On the Exact Moment Having a Baby Made Them Super Emotional
"I'm pretty sure when she was born my brain melted and my head just evacuated every tear it had. And I never cry."
Relationships
Share
10 Guys on What Changed the Most After They Had a Kid
"It took me like a day before I went into dad mode."
Relationships
Share
20 Vital Facts You Need to Know About Your Vagina
Can sex stretch it out? Is it supposed to smell? The answers might surprise you.
Relationships
Share
How Do I Get My Boyfriend to Go Down on Me?
"He hasn't offered and changes the subject whenever I bring it up."
Relationships
Share
10 Thoughts All Guys Have Right After They Orgasm
"I could go clean this up but I could also lie in bed."
Relationships
Share
12 Important Blow Job Questions Answered By 3 Men
Three brave men answer all the BJ questions you're secretly too afraid to ask.
Relationships
Share
5 Things Every Girl Needs to Know Before Getting Into a Relationship
It's high time for you to start doing #4.
Relationships
Share
5 Next-Level Oral Sex Positions Your Partner Needs to Try on You ASAP
Cancel all your plans tonight