While you may be somewhat fearful for your safety after a boys’ night out turns into a spontaneous shopping trolly derby, scientists from Germany’s University of Gottingen have found that spending time with male peers is said to be a good thing for your heart and soul. Go figure.
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. Men are said to suffer less anxiety when out with a male group.
Like with all experiments trying to learn about men, the scientists used monkeys (make of it what you will, fellas). 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.
So, there we go – some man-dates are a must for those looking to free yourself from the stresses of life, and try build that potato cannon you’ve been planning for years.