My first heartbreak literally felt like my heart was breaking. While sobbing on pillows, the sofa, or when riding public transportation (I didn’t care who saw my mascara running) I thought I was going to have a panic attack. My heart raced, ached, slowed, and ached some more. It was as if my ex had become a blood-sucking vampire and sunk his teeth right into my heart.
I’m not even being dramatic. According to a study published in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, women feel agonizing pain after a breakup. Researchers surveyed 5,705 people in over 90 countries to share their emotional and physical pain after being dumped. They measured their pain on a scale from 1 to 10 and women reported feeling more pain than men.
When it comes to emotional pain women averaged at 6.84 out of 10 compared to 6.58 out of 10 for men. We also take the cake regarding physical pain: women felt a literal ache level of 4.21 versus 3.75 for men. While we’re crying, “my aching heart!” men probably just feel a little heartburn.
Where does that leave us? Weeping, hurting and eating lots of cake to mend the pain. Freaking heartbreak.