We all cry at some time in our life. Here are some facts about crying which will help you feel better that you are not the only one to cry.
- On average, men cry between six and 17 times a year, while women cry between 30 and 64 times.
- Crying bouts usually last six minutes for women and between two and four minutes for men.
- About 20% of crying episodes last longer than 30 minutes. Eight per cent last longer than one hour.
- In 65% of cases for women, crying turns into sobbing. This compares to just 6% for men.
- Men mainly cry over major losses while women shed tears more when they are sad, frustrated or angry.
- We’re all more tearful in the evening, particularly from 7-10pm.
- Women have higher levels of prolactin, a hormone linked to milk production that can affect emotions.
- Men have bigger tear ducts, so tears are less likely to escape their eyelids.