Since most studies about men involved young men from the age group of 18-24, a lot of facts about men are facts restricted to the age group. The truth is that, much like fine wine, men get better with age. So read on to get rid of your misconceptions about men.
1. Men are more likely to cheat before they hit their 30s, according to a study published in the ‘Proceedings of the Royal Society’ in 2007. After that, many of them focus on providing for their families.
2. Men who have a harder time being faithful have the ‘promiscuity gene’; they make up about 40% of the male population, as stated in the ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Science’ in 2008.
3. Men work better under an established chain of command as it reduces testosterone and male aggression. An unstable hierarchy causes them anxiety.
4. The favorite pastime of men seems to be always pulling down their friends and establishing a pecking order – this behavior starts as early as age 6.
5. A 2000 study in ‘Evolution and Human Behavior’ found that dads-to-be also undergo hormonal changes. Female pheromones make their prolactin go up and testosterone go down to encourage nurturing behavior.
6. Younger men are more likely to be competitive about status and mates but as they grow older men pay attention to bonding and cooperating.
7. Men with higher testosterone levels are better at one-to-one competitions, while those with lower testosterone levels are better at team competitions as per a study published in ‘Hormones and Behavior’ in 2009.
8. Dads who play with their kids (rough-housing, teasing, etc) raise more confident and aware children. Dads involved in their kids’ lives lower risky sexual behavior in their kids.
9. Evolution favors involved fathers. Since human kids are needy, involved fathers ensure that their children (and thus, their genes) have a greater chance of success.
10. Part of a man’s job, evolutionarily speaking, involves defending their territory. In male mammals, the ‘defend my turf’ brain area is larger than in females.
11. Testosterone impairs the impulse-control region of the male brain. This is why men ogle women as if on auto-pilot. Often, they’ll forget about the woman once she is out of their field of vision.
12. Men are also empathetic, but their brains look for a solution when someone is stressed or facing a problem. They want to fix a problem rather than show solidarity.
13. Men have a tendency to reach out less often than women; this makes their loneliness feel even greater and it takes a toll on their brains’ social circuits.
14. Men in long-term relationships with women tend to live longer, be healthier and show decreased anxiety. They may also be fertile longer than single men.
15. Male babies are more reactive and expressive than female babies. As they grow up, they learn to adopt a poker face, which makes them better at handling threats or a flight-or-fight response.
16. Men have a larger left hippocampus (an area of the brain associated with memory) and a larger amygdala (a region associated with emotion).
17. While male and female brains are supposed to be different, only about 0-8% of people have purely male or female brains; the rest overlap the gender distinctions.
Sources: livescience, sciencemag, guardian