It might seem that women suffer more emotionally following the breakdown of a relationship but new research has suggested that men carry around the burden of a broken heart for much longer.
Researchers at Binghamton University believe that women accept the end of a relationship much quicker, while men might not recognise the loss for much longer.
Lead researcher Craig Morris revealed that the research found that the difference in how men and women cope with a break up boils down to biology.
Women can feel that they’re racing against a biological clock and because of this can be better at putting a line beneath a bad relationship and moving on in search of a new partner.
Women are also said to be more selective in who they date and are more likely to choose someone with long-term admirable qualities in mind.
"Put simply, women have evolved to invest far more in a relationship than a man," Morris said.
"A brief romantic encounter could lead to nine months of pregnancy […] while the man may have 'left the scene' literally minutes after the encounter.”
The research suggests that men, on the other hand, are more competitive in their approach to dating and are less likely to move on quickly from someone they saw as a ‘good catch’.
Men can spend longer brooding over women they feel are irreplaceable while women find it easier to move on from a relationship regardless of whether their next partner will live up to the one who got away.
"The man will likely feel the loss deeply and for a very long period of time as it sinks in that he must start competing all over again to replace what he has lost - or worse still, come to the realisation that the loss is irreplaceable," says Morris.
The research found that women are also more likely to pull the plug on a relationship and 70pc of divorces filed in the US were done so by women.