The age-old question, “Are men from Mars?” still lingers in the air. Although the same species, men are (obviously) quite different from their female counterparts. But what are some of the most interesting facts about men?
If you’ve ever pondered that exact question, you’re in the right place. And the differences between the sexes seem far deeper than most psychological facts suggest. So why not find out precisely what makes men tick?
Read on to discover the inner workings of the male body, mind, and spirit. By the end of this list, you’ll be able to put the rumors of men being Martians to rest.
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43 Interesting Facts about Men
Although everyone strives to be their own brand of unique, some things are stock standard. Men are no different. As distinct as they attempt to be, certain truths are shared across the board. Here are 43 facts about them guaranteed to give you a new perspective on the sometimes aloof men around the world.
1. Men Also Have a G-Spot
Let’s get this one out of the way right from the start. The male body also includes a G-spot, elusive as it might be to some. According to scientists, beyond its primary functions, the male prostate doubles as a center point for many nerves. Stimulation of the prostate has been recorded as delivering quite a lot of pleasure. We’ll leave it at that.
2. They Are Hotter, But Not The Way You Think
Everyone knows that one guy. The one that walks around in a blizzard of cold in nothing but shorts and a t-shirt. Well, there is some science behind this. Due to the male body consisting of more muscle tissue, men have, in general, a lower resting body temperature. This, in turn, aids their bodies in retaining heat more efficiently.
3. Their Metabolisms Are Fast
One of the most envious advantages of being a man is their fast metabolic rate. It just seems to perform a lot quicker compared to that of women. This is because they burn more energy daily, thanks to their lean muscle tissue.
4. Men Can Lactate
As odd as it might sound, men can lactate. Just as women are born with mammary glands, men are also born with these glands. So technically, men can lactate if their bodies experience a spike in the hormone prolactin. It needs to be a significant spike, so cases of this happening aren’t that many.
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5. This Never Happens, I Promise
Erectile Dysfunction is a lot more common than men would have you believe. Beyond the awkward moments it can create, it could be a significant warning sign concerning health issues. These include heart disease, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar.
6. The Science Behind An Erection
Have you ever thought about the science behind an erection? No? Well, here’s the answer you probably didn’t want. When a man is sexually aroused, neurotransmitters in the brain release Nitric Oxide (NO) into the body. This, in turn, increases the arterial blood flow into the penis, causing an erection.
7. They’re Thick Skinned
And no, this isn’t a metaphor. Men really have thicker skin. Studies have shown that a man’s skin is about 25% thicker when compared to that of a woman. This is attributed to their higher levels of testosterone.
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8. Men Also Go Through PMS
So, maybe the term PMS isn’t entirely correct. Men also go through bouts of immense hormonal changes. This causes PMS-like symptoms such as irritability, fatigue, stomach cramps, and hunger.
9. 50 Shades Of Eyesight Issues
On average, men see fewer shades of color. This is thanks to a lower number of retinal cones present within their eyes. The prominence of these cones is connected to the presence of the X chromosome — of which men only have one.
10. They Need To Be The Hero
Everyone loves a hero, and men especially love to be the hero. Now, before you shake your head and attribute this to their egos, that’s not the case. Psychologists have coined the term ‘a hero instinct’, and every man has it. This causes men to step up to be the hero instinctively.
11. Instinctive Jealousy
This is another one of those instincts that seem illogical but is nonetheless a common shared trait amongst men. That is, to be jealous — especially when it comes to those close to their significant others. Be it the boy or girlfriend. The tendency to display jealousy over any relationship is expected.
12. They Handle Physical Pain Badly
Believe it or not, it has been studied and concluded that men are more sensitive to physical pain than women. Because they’re more susceptible to it, they instinctively become more aware of it. This is also the reason they deal with grief and sadness in a different way.
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13. Men Can Actually Multitask
A man’s ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously isn’t just an illusion. Scientists have recorded that men can naturally focus on more than one or two tasks at a time. Women, on the other hand, tend to lose focus slightly quicker than their male counterparts.
14. It Takes An Idiot To Cheat
There is quite a bit of science behind men who are unfaithful in a relationship. Marital psychologists, for example, have delivered results from studies on men who cheat. The result was that men with a lower average IQ tend to cheat more.
15. It’s In Their Stare
Men like to let their eyes wander, which isn’t just in reference to “some” men. A survey done by the Kodak Lens Vision Center found that a man spends roughly one year of their lifetime staring at members of the opposite sex.
16. Men Are Prone To Murder
A global study done in 2018 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime revealed that 58% of all women killed in a homicide meet their ends at the hands of their intimate partners. In this study, shockingly, 137 women are killed by their boyfriends/husbands daily.
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17. They Lie… Often
A survey conducted by the Daily Mail in Britain found that, on average, a man tells from 6 to 10 lies a day. The same study found that women tell between 3 and 5 lies a day.
18. Bald Is Better?
Beyond the genetic aspects of going bald, unless you look like Vin Diesel or Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, you’d imagine it a bad thing. Well, this is not the case. Evolution has resulted in men who are bald or have shaved heads being considered 13% taller than men with a full head of hair, a study found.
19. They Like Porn, A Lot
This isn’t really that surprising. Well, it depends on who you’re asking. But, because men have a more substantial visually stimulated neural chemistry (in all walks of life), watching porn affects their brains significantly. Thus resulting in them watching and enjoying it more.
20. Indecision Is Rife
When a man is in love (or lust), a chemical known as phenylethylamine (PEA) is produced more significantly in the brain. Now, while this has a lot of effects on a man’s behavior, one thing that it does is cause an impairment in judgement. Thus, men in love struggle to make decisions.
21. Asking For Help Is Their Kryptonite
To men, a sign of their masculinity lies in their ability to master any task or conquer any obstacle. In everyday life, though this is often not the case, it is then when men have to ask for help. It’s really an ego thing, but to most men, an external plea for help is seen as a sign of weakness.
22. Zipper Injuries Are Common
In 2013, data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) revealed that 2,000 men in the USA are admitted to the ER annually for zipper-related injuries. So while the zipper is a necessity in clothing — it can get in the way.
23. A Third Nipple
Although not common knowledge, it is estimated that one in every 100 men will have a third nipple. Known in the medical world by many different terms, this nipple is often not fully developed and is merely (for lack of a better word) decorative.
24. Cheaters Never Win
In a research paper from the American Heart Association, it is reported that during autopsies done on 5,559 male victims of cardiac arrest, 34% occurred during intercourse. Background studies to this one revealed that of that 34%, nearly 93% of the heart attacks occurred during extramarital intercourse.
25. They Don’t Last Long
The University of the West Indies determined in 2019 that men’s average life expectancy is about 64 years. Women, on the other hand, have a life expectancy of 68 years.
26. And When They Do, It’s Still Not Long
Sadly, throughout a man’s life, the average duration of a male orgasm is only 6 seconds. In comparison, the average female orgasm lasts for 23 seconds.
27. Leading Roles Usually Go To Men
If there were ever a more biased community than Hollywood, they’d have to outdo themselves to topple the biggest trend in Hollywood. This, of course, is that about 75% of all leading roles in blockbuster movies are written for men.
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28. High Heels And Men
Men got one thing right: the invention of high-heeled shoes. Dating back to the 10th century, Persian soldiers designed the first pairs of high heel shoes. Specifically, archers wore these to balance their feet and increase their aiming accuracy.
29. Men And Suicide
As truly sad and heartbreaking as suicide is, statistics have shown that while women tend to attempt suicide, men are three to four times more likely to succeed. If you or a loved one need support or more information on suicide prevention, click here.
30. There Are More Men
On average, per year, for every 100 baby girls that are born, 107 baby boys are born. This statistic is also a significant indicator of the growing trend in countries such as China, where roughly 40 million men in 2020 (in the typical age gap for marriage) were left unmarried.
31. Exercise Works Different For Men
While exercise has abundant benefits for both males and females, the way it affects the body differs between genders. Where women burn more fat during exercise, men burn more carbohydrates.
32. Their Sense of Smell And Taste Is Lacking
Women, on average, have 50 more neurons in their olfactory bulbs, which is the part of the brain responsible for processing smells and tastes. This means that men process certain scents and tastes far slower than women.
33. They Need To Provide
Blame it on evolution, but men instinctively have a massive need to be a provider. Regardless of what is being provided (food, shelter, or safety), it is programmed into a man’s evolutionary thread to act as a provider. If they can’t, they are more prone to depression.
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34. Men Just Never Give Up
Men are very persistent. That is commonly known. Psychological research has shown that because of a man’s higher sense of pride, they will not stop pursuing something until they achieve it. The opposite is also true. If a man simply doesn’t want to do something, it won’t get done.
35. Give Into Their Dark Side, They Do
Okay, so ‘the dark side’ doesn’t sound good, but in actuality, this means that men are prone to experience negative emotions. Psychologically this is attributed to men putting themselves in dangerous situations, either by choice or accidentally. This also leads to men expressing negative emotions more often than women do.
36. They Thrive In Social Settings
Humans, in general, are social creatures. Men, however, seem to be more socially aware than women. This is thanks to their higher levels of testosterone, which drives their need to be dominating and seen in social settings.
37. The Story Of The Loneliest Man On Earth
A lonely man is a very sad man. Genetically, men are more inclined to seek the company of others. Being around other people creates a sense of security in the mind of a man, and thus, feelings of loneliness affect men more often.
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38. Any Feedback Is Good Feedback
Although it might not seem like it, men thrive on feedback from others. Going hand-in-hand with their need to be surrounded by people, men tend to excel and achieve better things when done after receiving input from external parties.
39. Get Those Feelings Away From Men
Emotions are one of the few things in the world that everyone experiences daily. How you handle them might be unique to you, but there is some gender-based science behind it. In general, men struggle a bit more to express and process emotion. This is due to them being more logically oriented than women.
40. He Has A Praise Kink
It might seem like some sort of medieval conditioning, but men operate on a praise and reward system. In fact, psychologically, men tend to perform better when given praise or offered a reward. And it doesn’t even need to be a shower of praise. Really, any recognition seems to do the trick.
41. Everything Is A Competition
Yes, men are competitive by nature. But, the reason behind a man’s natural reaction to always wanting to come out on top lies in their evolution. When cavemen had to impress their female counterparts, everything was a competition — and even today, it seems this fact is as accurate as ever.
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42. Words Apparently Do Come Easy
First, a man’s Adam’s apple is more prominent than a woman’s because of a larger voice box. Secondly — and ladies, listen up — a research paper published in Psychology Today revealed that men are more likely to admit their love for someone first. By a three-to-one ratio, at that.
43. Mother Nature Has A Vendetta It Seems
It might be because of a man’s penchant for dangerous situations, but men are more likely to get struck by lightning. At least five times more than women. Next time there’s a thunderstorm, maybe keep the men locked inside?
Final Thoughts On The Male Species — Should We Keep Them?
Well, there you have it. A whole bundle of the most interesting facts about men. Sometimes they can seem more complicated than a Rubik’s cube, and at other times as simple as falling out of a tree (which happens a lot). While the jury is still out on their planetary origins, hopefully, armed with this list, you’ll decide to keep them around.
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For further reading on human behavior in general, have a look at these psychology facts about behavior or even these fascinating facts about dreams or interesting facts about soulmates.