Off icial: Man f lu exists!
Yes, they do moan more than girls when they’re ill
SORRY, chaps, the game is up – scientists have confirmed that you’re often not as ill as you say you are.
Half of men will upgrade a common cold to flu and describe headaches as a migraine to gain maximum sympathy.
They will also moan more than women when suffering a bug or virus.
This is despite the fact they catch fewer colds and flu each year – five compared with women’s average of seven.
The study of 3,000 people did find that women are more likely to mention minor ailments on a daily basis.
But when it comes to proper moaning, men are the masters. Karl Elliott of friendly society Engage Mutual, which commis- sioned the research, said: ‘ Men have had bad press concerning their tendencies towards “man flu”, but our findings support the belief that men do moan more and are more likely to exaggerate their symptoms.
‘They may have fewer bouts of genuine sickness a year, but when ill, their attention-seeking behaviour makes sure their partner knows about it.
‘But even though men look for maximum sympathy, they tend to struggle on, being less likely to take time off work for an illness.’ According to the women surveyed, almost half of men will exaggerate their symptoms.
Just 40 per cent of men said the same of their partners.
Women reported that more than 57 per cent of men become attentionseeking when ill, with 66 per cent constantly moaning and groaning.
In contrast, men reported lower incidences of whingeing, saying that only 50 per cent of women seek attention when they’re ill and 56 per cent moan and groan.
A third of men also admitted their partner will suffer in silence when they are really ill, while just 26 per cent of women could say the same of their other halves. However, a massive 76 per cent of men will refuse to take time off when they are ill.
Almost 60 per cent of them also said that their partner will complain about niggles and health problems on a daily basis. Just 52 per cent of women could complain of the same trait in their men.
In other results, the survey found that women are very patient with malingerers. Despite 34 per cent rarely believing their husbands or boyfriends are very sick, 62 per cent can still be relied upon to serve up some sympathy.
Six in ten women said they didn’t like seeing their partner ill while 49 per cent said they did their best to make them comfortable.
Two-thirds of women regularly go to the chemist whenever their man is ill, 46 per cent run them a bath and 27 per cent provide breakfast in bed.
‘You have an itchy nose – I don’t think we need to put the undertakers on standby’