UT Wordmark Primary UT Wordmark Formal Shield Texas UT News Camera Chevron Close Search Copy Link Download File Hamburger Menu Time Stamp Open in browser Load More Pull quote Cloudy and windy Cloudy Partly Cloudy Rain and snow Rain Showers Snow Sunny Thunderstorms Wind and Rain Windy Facebook Instagram LinkedIn Twitter email alert map calendar bullhorn

UT News

Study on romantic rejection in USA Today

When coping with a romantic breakup, women turn to shopping.

Two color orange horizontal divider

When coping with a romantic breakup, women turn to shopping. Researchers at the University of Texas-Austin studying the differences between how men and women respond to romantic rejection found that the sexes were alike in 19 of 20 strategies at statistically similar rates, including discussing the breakup, crying and pleading with the ex-partner or avoiding the ex. Shopping was the one exception: Women who were rejected reported engaging in more shopping than men who were rejected. Among those who instigated the breakup, women also reported more shopping than men, signaling shopping as the coping strategy with the largest sex difference, says the study in the current online issue of Evolutionary Psychology.

USA Today
Shopping Lifts Women’s Romantic Letdowns
(Feb. 27)