It’s true: men really need boys’ nights

By Drum Digital
28 January 2015

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.

A night out with the guys is good for men. Well, according to German researchers. They say it’s good for a man's health to be allowed time to bond with fellow males, British website The Telegraph has reported.

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 and feel more protected surrounded by other men. Scientists from Germany's University of Göttingen studied groups of Barbary macaques, a type of ape which exhibits remarkably human-like social behaviour.

Levels of male stress hormones 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.

Christopher Young of the university's Primate Social Evolution Group said, “"If male primates live in multi-male groups they usually fight fiercely over access to females, but males can develop friendly relationships with a few group mates.

"Male macaques form social bonds similar to human friendships that buffer them against day-to-day stressors.”

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