Is Crying the Same in Every Culture?

Culture has some effect on crying over time. At the time of birth and for a period of time afterward, all babies cry the same. As the babies begin to grow and become more aware of their surroundings, however, the tenor and melody of their crying begins to take on aspects that are relevant to their culture. Along with affecting the melody of the crying, culture also begins to influence how often a child cries based on the expectations and standards of that culture.

More facts about crying:

  • In western culture, women are more likely than men to cry in public. Men are less likely to cry in general during the early years of adulthood, but by the time they reach the age of 50, they tend to cry with greater ease.

  • In a sense, all people are constantly crying. The lacrimal glands exude a combination of water, mucus and oil that is essential for healthy eyes. These types of tears help to clear debris from the surface of the eyes and help filter light for better vision.

  • Having a good cry really can make people feel better. Crying provides release from stress and emotions that might have been restrained for a period of time. The release brought about by crying can aid in healing and help restore some degree of emotional balance.

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