Now, men are getting broody too!

Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 11:58 AM IST

London: A new study has found that men today are likelier than women to want to settle down and start a family.

The research says men are getting broody too. And single men are more likely to dream of having children than women, reports the a news daily.

And the experts believe it’s all down to greater equality.

“Men today are more like [the female archetype] than we have seen in generations. They are becoming the broody ones, they are more likely to want to settle down sooner,” lead researcher Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University, in New Jersey, said.

“Complicating matters is the change in women’s attitudes towards life and relationships, mostly driven by the huge numbers flooding into the workforce,” Fisher told The Sunday Times.

“Women gain self-confidence, self-worth, money and experience through work and want things that men have for years taken for granted.

“Now those things are within reach and they are grabbing them,” she said.

The study conducted for dating website Match.com involves 5,199 single men and women in the U.S.

It found that 51 per cent of unattached men aged 21 to 34 wanted children, compared to just 46 per cent of single women that age.

Men in older age groups were also more broody, with 27 per cent of single guys aged 35 to 44 wanted to have children. But the figure was just 16 per cent for women.

ANI