…or, if you look at it the other way around, men deprived of women’s company die younger! This is the conclusion of a recently published study. Of course it is worth looking at it in more detail to find out what the scientists really discovered. The study, published in Demography magazine, explains the effects of the “sex ratio”.
What is the sex ratio? The sex ratio determine the rate of men to women in a society. The ideal sex ratio (from a biological and demographical perspective) would be 100 men to 100 women or one man for every women. The study is particularly interesting, because the sex ratio is becoming more and more unbalanced, due to the idealisation of men in some cultures.
The study shows that this is not a good thing at all. In addition to the known negative effects in rural areas where many young men can’t find women to have a relationship or start a family with, a negative sex ratio affects the life expectancy of men.
The conclusion is pretty clear. The more an environment lacks women, the higher the risk for men to die younger. Whenever the ratio is balanced at the adolescence, life expectancy rises by 3 months or more. Of course, 3 months aren’t much, but the effect is clear.
And at the end of the day, being surrounded by women is so much nicer for men than living only with other men.
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