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Nagging early grave: Life expectancy lowered in nagging men, study claims

Gav Woodward, 26, who works as a distribution driver from Middlesbrough dressed as a grim reaper visits the Goth weekend on November 2, 2013
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A new study says nagging men risk an early grave and should do more to check their emotions in relationships. The study, which is not without controversy, says that a nagging man risks a visit from the Grim Reaper earlier than compared to other men who didn't give their spouse the blues. In short, researchers say it's not wise to bug your significant other or it will negatively impact one's life expectancy, citing a May 11 Inquisitr news report.

The study over nagging and early grave risks, published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, says premature deaths in men represent 315 of 100,000 cases. Over a year, it amounts to thousands of cases and is cause for worry, no pun intended.

IQ takes a quote from the Telegraph, which reads:

Men who were subjected to 'nagging', constant demands and worries from their partners, were 2.5 as likely to die within ten years than those with less stressful relationships. The effect is so strong it could account for hundreds of deaths a year."

Typically, those who risk early death fall into high-risk groups (e.g. smokers, obesity, family history). However, emotional health, commonly referred to as "stress," has always been a culprit in many cases of early grave statistics. Nagging is merely another part of several layers of stressors that men and women encounter daily. Nonetheless, researchers say men are disproportionately affected by these phenomena.

Citing the Canada Journal, Dr Rikke Lund, the author of the study at University of Copenhagen, offered a reason behind the disturbing statistics. "Men also have fewer people in their social network than women who tend to share their problems and worries with more people,” Lund said. Moreover, it's important to point out that men usually harbor their emotions and keep them hidden, often until the pressure mounts. On the other hand, their mates seek out friends and family to manage the stress in their lives aka the antidote to nagging husbands and boyfriends.

The solution sounds simple right -- don't nag your spouse if you're a man and want to live into your golden years. However, avoiding an early grave is not that simple and will likely require rewiring and conditioning before the message resonates. After all, there's that pride and masculine component. But there may be an app for that.