Have you ever wondered why men always seem refreshed when they spend time with their boys over the weekend or just a night out?
According to the research, male bonding is more likely to lower a man’s stress levels than a night out with his partner, or time spent with the family.
The study found males suffer less anxiety when out in a group, than when with their partners or famliy.
Levels of male stress hormone soared when male macaques were with their partner or other family members. But when they were in a group of other males, they were more much more relaxed.
The researchers even discovered stress-related illnesses only seemed to occur among females or couples.
Males also look after each other, the study for the journal PNAS noted. While men may do this by watching each other’s backs.
The study was done by scientists from Germany’s University of Gottingen.
They based it on their finding after studying a groups of Barbary macaques, a type of ape which exhibits remarkably human-like social behaviour.