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Men more stressed than woman in traffic jams

By SYF77 on 07 Jun 2011

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A new research by satellite navigation company TomTom reveals that men’s stress levels rise seven times higher than a women's when stuck in heavy traffic. British psychologists reached this conclusion after testing volunteers for the rise in stress chemicals in their saliva when caught up in a traffic jam. The study found that women's stress levels increased by 8.7 percent, while men's soared to 60 percent in the same traffic jam scenario.

According to the UK specialists, this could prove unhealthy as it puts pressure on the heart and causes dizziness and breathing problems. However, many of the volunteers had no idea they were experiencing stress. 67 percent of the women and 50 percent of men said they did not feel any stress after 20 minutes in heavy traffic, even though the readings showed otherwise. According to the study, 48 percent of UK adults commute to work by car on a daily basis, with those exposed constantly to traffic jams risking stress-related health problems, which in turn could make their driving potentially dangerous.

Psychologists explained that men are more stressed because their normal response to a difficult situation is known as “fight or flight”. In other words, they either confront it or walk away from it. However, they cannot do anything about a traffic jam, so they sit and get mad. Women, on the other hand, cope better with these kinds of situations, using numerous methods such as singing to a tune on the radio to relieve the pressure. The study shows that 77% of British drivers choose to listen to music when caught up in traffic jams. So guys, upload your favorite music into your Ipod or thumb drive and play them away in heavy traffic!

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Brindashah Jun 07 2011 06:23 PM
Ya very true and even while purchasing precious diamond jewelry for special occasions like engagement and wedding for their future bride.
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