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Breakups may be harder on men in the long-term, new study finds

A heated break-up on a Brooklyn rooftop was broadcast worldwide via Twitter.
A heated break-up on a Brooklyn rooftop was broadcast worldwide via Twitter.
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People split for all sorts of reasons all the time. But are women really the ones who suffer worst when a couple splits? 

Movies and TV shows often show women as the ones who have the hardest time letting go. We drown our sorrows in pints of Haagen Daz, we beg and plead with our loved ones to take us back, we go psycho and stalk our exes. But is this actually the case? 

According to a new study, men might actually take breakups much harder than women in the long-term. Craig Morris from Binghamton University in New York is the lead author of the study. He says there are a lot of studies of why men and women get together but not many on what happens when they don't work out. 

Morris found that out of the 5,705 people in 96 countries surveyed, women most often spoke about their exes in the past tense,  while men would speak of the breakup as if it had just happened, even if it was 30 years ago. 

"It's the men who text their ex months later," Morris said. He thinks this could be because there is no cultural support system for men. Men are instead encouraged to hold in their feelings and process their emotions privately.    

While everyone has experienced at least one big breakup or has helped someone through a breakup, it's the women who can talk about it and work through it, Morris said.  

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