According to a study performed by the researchers from Binghamton University in New York and University College London, it was revealed that women experience more emotional pain following a breakup, but they also recover fully as compared to men.
To prove this, the researchers asked 5,705 participants in 96 countries to rate the emotional and physical pain of a breakup on a scale of one (none) to 10 (unbearable). They found that women tend to be more negatively affected by breakups, reporting higher levels of both physical and emotional pain. Women averaged 6.84 in terms of emotional anguish versus 6.58 in men. In terms of physical pain, women averaged 4.21 versus men's 3.75.
According to Craig Morris, research associate at Binghamton University and lead author of the study, “breakups hit women the hardest emotionally and physically, they women tend to recover more fully and come out emotionally stronger. Men, on the other hand, never fully recover”.
"The man will likely feel the loss deeply and for a very long period of time as it 'sinks in' that he must 'start competing' all over again to replace what he has lost or worse still, come to the realization that the loss is irreplaceable," he said.
The study, "Quantitative Sex Differences in Response to the Dissolution of a Romantic Relationship," was published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences on July 31.