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Why do men always forget Anniversaries?

by FFE Health News Staff



It seems like there is a biological reason for why men tend to forget birthdays, dates and even wedding anniversaries.


A study by Norwegian researchers revealed that men are more forgetful than women regardless of their age. The study analysed 37,405 men and women aged 30 years and older and was published in the journal BMC Psychology.


Participants were asked to answer questions about their memory, including changes they noticed since they were younger and their ability to recall recent events. The researchers found out that more men had problems in eight out of nine questions.


Based on the result, the researchers, led by Prof Jostein Holmen of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, concluded that men had more problems with memory, problems increased with age but men in all age groups fared poorly against women when it came to remember things.


Prof Holmen said ‘It was surprising to see that men forget more than women. This has not been documented before. It was also surprising to see that men are just as forgetful whether they are 30 or 60 years old. The results were unambiguous.’


While the reason behind this is still a mystery, the researchers assumed that men’s forgetfulness had something to do with men’s greater vulnerability to risk factors for cardiovascular disease like high blood pressure. These risk factors may trigger neuro-degeneration or the loss of the function of neurons in the brain. This leads to increased forgetfulness among men. But the professor clarified that ‘This is still an unsolved mystery.’


The researchers plan to study the findings further by applying it in other populations.



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