There’s no accounting for taste!
All this talk about tear ducts, social constructs, and hormones leaves out an important detail: some people might just enjoy crying (or at least don’t mind it), and seek out tearjerking experiences accordingly. “This is often overlooked, but very important, and it’s just the frequency of exposure to emotional stimuli,” Dr. Vingerhoets points out. “For instance... what kind of literature, poems, films, television programs do women watch compared to men? The kind of music? That’s something we should take into account.”
The bottom line is that everyone is different, and it would be ridiculous to claim that every single woman cries more than every man. Maybe the answer is just to get more comfortable with waterworks, and we won’t have to worry about how much men OR women cry.
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Liz Newman is a freelance writer for Thrillist and will start crying right now if someone puts on that Sarah McLachlan-soundtracked dog shelter commercial. Follow on Twitter and Instagram at @lizn813.