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What Makes Women Cry?

Men may spend an average of 43 minutes a day — roughly a year of their lives — ogling women, but a new study has found that women spend six months more than that crying! Researchers found that “between birth and the age of 78 a woman will cry for more than 12,000 hours,” or roughly 16 months of her life. The study cites “hunger as a baby to falling out with a partner when older” as reasons for the tears. When I got an accidental mullet a few years back, I cried for three months straight.Not unsurprisingly, we cry the most as babies (about three hours a day), but teen girls manage to squeeze out the tears for two hours and 13 minutes a week. The number increases for young women in their 20s, who cry about 2.24 hours a week. The poll of 3,000 people shows the reasons for all these tears change dramatically over a woman’s lifetime.

TOP 5 UPSETS AGE 0-1

1. Hunger

2. Tiredness

3. Only form of communication

4. Discomfort due to wet/full nappy

5. Feeling ill

TOP 5 UPSETS AGE 1-3

1. Hurting themselves

2. Tiredness

3. Falling over

4. Wanting something

5. Being told off for being naughty

TOP 5 UPSETS AGE 4-12

1. Being told off for being naughty

2. Hurting themselves

3. Tiredness

4. Feeling ill

5. Falling out with a friend

TOP 5 UPSETS AGE 13-18

1. Hormones

2. Arguing with friends

3. Being dumped

4. Being grounded

5. People being horrible

TOP 5 UPSETS 19-25

1. A soppy film

2. Being dumped

3. Losing a loved one

4. Indecision about a long-term relationship

5. Having a baby

TOP 5 UPSETS 26+

1. A soppy film

2. Falling out with a partner

3. Losing a loved one

4. Feeling tired

5. Hearing someone else’s bad news

I don’t know about you, but, at 32, I’m still crying about “people being horrible.” And where’s PMS on the list? Or airport goodbyes? Or tax season? And am I the only one who loses it at weddings? Where are the happy tears on the list, huh?!

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