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Men Die Before Women Because They’re Flirting SO Hard

A new study published in the journal Functional Ecology looked at the fruit fly and the toll its mating habits took on its lifespan. On average, the flies have a life expectancy of 35 days. When placed in a “sexually stimulating’’ environment (one lady fly was in the vicinity), male flies died seven days sooner than the females. Seven days may not seem like much to you or me, but it’s a significant chunk of time when you only live for a month.

The average lifespan of the American man is 76, while American women live to be 81. Researchers believe the fly test may reflects the effects that natural selection processes have on human life expectancies.

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