London: Nearly 50 per cent of men exaggerate minor ailments like cold symptoms to gain sympathy, a new study has found.
The research led by Engage Mutual reveals that one in two men describe a common cold as flu and headaches as a migraine, and moan more than women. The study was carried out on 3,000 people.
"Men have had bad press concerning their tendencies towards `man flu`, but our findings support the belief that men do moan more and are more likely to exaggerate their symptoms," dailymail.co.uk quoted Karl Elliott of Engage Mutual as saying.
"They may have fewer bouts of genuine sickness a year, but when ill, their attention-seeking behaviour makes sure their partner knows about it. But even though men look for maximum sympathy, they tend to struggle on, being less likely to take time off work for an illness," Elliot added.
The findings also revealed that women admit more than 57 per cent of men become attention-seeking when ill, with 66 per cent constantly moaning and groaning.
In contrast, men said that only 50 per cent of women seek attention when they`re ill and 56 per cent moan and groan.
Despite 34 per cent rarely believing their husbands or boyfriends are very sick, 62 per cent can still be relied upon to show some sympathy.
Six in 10 women said they didn`t like seeing their partner ill, while 49 per cent said they did their best to make them comfortable.
Two-thirds of women regularly go to the chemist whenever their man is ill, 46 per cent run them a bath and 27 per cent provide breakfast in bed.