Back in 1962, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons came out with the song “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
As it turns out, Frankie and company may have been on to something.
Well, sort of.
According to a poll of 2,004 Americans, men cry on average about four times a month. Women, on the other hand, weep about three times in a given month. That’s 48 times a year for men and only 36 for women. (see how good I am at math…)
So while the survey doesn’t suggest that big girls don’t cry, they do cry less than big boys.
Even though I am someone who cries quite easily at a lot of stuff – the ending of Mr. Holland’s Opus, watching Bruce Springsteen sing Incident on 57th Street live, or picking up a new WordPress follower, I’ve always thought I was an exception compared to most other guys.
Well, it feels good to know that I’m not alone.
I do have to admit I was surprised that the study showed that men cry more often than women; it’s probably a stereotype I’ve had since I was six years old.
And it was a double stereotype – I thought girls cried, and boys didn’t.
It’s always nice to learn something new, especially when it dispels a long-held belief that had no basis in fact.
So now I won’t feel so bad crying the next time I see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
And I guess it’s time to spill the beans – I wasn’t rubbing my eyes earlier today because they were itchy; I was just responding like any guy would when he picks up four new blog followers in one day…
*image from YouTube