Mid-life crisis, or just men behaving badly?

By Efrosini Costa

Mid-life crisis, or just men behaving badly?
Most females believe a mid-life crisis is just an excuse for men to behave badly, a US poll has found.

There is no such thing as the perfect man.

That’s the latest conclusion from a survey of US females by current affairs show 60 Minutes and American publication Vanity Fair.

According to the survey’s findings when it comes to men, being educated is more important than being hard-working, and being a gentleman is the most vital quality for women as men mature.

While 20 per cent of those surveyed believed a mid-life crisis was a biological necessity, close to 60 per cent – or more than half – described the event as nothing more than justification for acting unfavourably.

But the classic examples of a mid life crisis, like buying a sports car or having a young girlfriend, are seen as clichéd, according to a spokesperson for the poll:

“A midlife crisis usually happens unexpectedly like when you’re shaving in the mirror one day and it dawns on you that are not going to be president of the United States and your best days may be in the rear-view mirror,” a spokesperson said.

Interestingly, more than 60 per cent of women who took part in the telephone poll believed that chivalry was still prevalent amongst men of the modern age.

Temper was the one characteristic they would most like to change about their partner, said 30 per cent of women surveyed who were in a relationship – even more so than the choice of changing their spouse’s friends, mother, sense of humor, looks or hygiene.

Heart-warmingly, nearly a third said they would not change one of those things about their male companion.

Do you agree with these results? What would you most like to change about your partner? Tell us below.


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