Do men remarry faster than women?
When a relationship ends – either through divorce or bereavement – moving on can be a long and difficult process.
The desire to repeat the happiness you once knew is strong for many, and trying to grieve or make sense of a painful divorce while also looking to the future can be a difficult balancing act.
When it comes to grief and loss there is an old saying that goes: “Women mourn; men replace.”
The reasons behind this are often practical. When moving on, men seek a partner who will help organise their lives and homes and keep them company.
Women on the other hand tend to be more cautious about bringing someone new into their lives, holding out for romance – that may or may not ever come.
According to psychologists at the University of Utrecht, women tend to be more equipped to go it alone, and are better at coping with grief.
In contrast, men often look to a new partner for companionship and sympathy to help them cope with change, separation and loss.
In the case of a painful divorce, marriage may not seem as appealing to women anymore, particularly if they have made sacrifices to raise their families and have spent most of their adult lives shouldering the burden of the household’s emotional and domestic labour.
While many divorced men look forward to the benefits of a new relationship, divorced women are often desirous of spending time alone and building a life for themselves.
What do you think? Do men remarry faster than women – and if so, what’s the reason? Or is this simply a generalisation, and every person is different?
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