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Men better at making up after a fight






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A study shows that sports men are better than sports women at making up after a fight. The research, from Harvard University, looked at the differences between how both sexes made up with each other after same-sex sporting events. Research leader, professor Joyce Benenson, concluded that men put more effort into making up with their male sporting foes than women did with their female opponents. The researchers analysed recordings of four sports involving men and women from 44 countries. Men spent considerably more time shaking hands and physically embracing.

Professor Benenson was surprised, especially at how women spent so little time making up with rivals. She said: "What you'll see is that many times, females brush their fingers against each other….You're expected by the sport to do something but [with women] it's so frosty." In great contrast, Benenson observed that: "With the males, even with a handshake, you can see the warmth." She added: "I expected this would be the least strong in boxing because you try to kill the other person, but it's the strongest in this sport. There really is this sense of love for your opponent."

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