We’re approaching the height of flu season, which means we’re also approaching the height of our sniffly, feverish significant others being totally insufferable in their suffering. (If only there were a flu shot for your personality.) A new survey finds more than half of women (53 percent) believe their male partners exaggerate their flu symptoms for attention, because the flu has a surprising tendency to reduce grown men to whiny, melodramatic babies. By contrast, only a fifth of guys say the same about their wives and girlfriends.
Being sick is the worst, of course, and everyone’s entitled to a little complaining. Though 67 percent of female respondents insisted their partners make a “bigger fuss” about illness than they do, this survey nevertheless determined that most sick women expect to be waited on by their significant others – whereas men are more likely to simply request medication. In this case, I’m on Team Dudes.
With the exception of a severed limb, ruptured eyeball (can that happen?), or anything else that requires immediate medical attention, I would universally prefer to be left alone when I’m under the weather. Please, feel free to leave a DayQuil-laced meatball sub in cling wrap on my doorstep. I might even look up from my ninth straight hour of Netflix streaming to offer a friendly wave from my couch-slash-used-tissue-fort. But that’s all the human interaction you can expect from me – unless you’ve brought enough cling wrap to fashion me a Bubble Boy-style spacesuit. If I get you sick, then I’ll have to take care of you next. You stay healthy, and I’ll stay lazy.
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