No surprise here, don’t ever hand your man card back

A study has found that handing in your man card is bad for your mental health.

Agreeing to your partner’s every demand might seem like the key to a stressless life, but one husband found it left him miserable.

A study to assess whether marriage improves if a husband agrees to all his wife’s demands had to be abandoned after the man sank into a deep depression within a fortnight.

Researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand were hoping to test whether the key to a happy marriage lies in bowing to the whims of a partner and giving up the need to ‘always be in the right.’ 

In the experiment the husband was asked “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint.”

“Even if he believed the female participant was wrong, the male was to bow and scrape,” said researchers.

But after recruiting a couple for an initial pilot they were forced to scrap the project.

“The situation had become intolerable by day 12,” said Professor Bruce Arroll, “By then the male participant found the female to be increasingly critical of everything he did.

“He sat on the end of their bed, made her a cup of tea, and said as much. He explained the trial and then contacted the Data Safety Monitoring committee who terminated the trial immediately.”

Researchers found that during the study the man’s quality of life dipped from a relatively happy seven out of 10 to a miserable three out of 10 in just 12 days.

In contrast the woman’s happiness increased slightly from eight to 8.5 at six days.


Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

38%