Crying (a quiz): How Much Do You Know About Why We Cry?

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There’s no crying in a crying quiz!

Sometimes we just need a good cry – or do we?  Learn the truth about this and other fun facts about tears and why we cry.

Let’s Go!

There have been lots of studies about why people cry?

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Well done!  And of the studies that have been done, scientists don't agree on why.

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There actually has not been much research about why we cry and, of the research done, scientists don't agree why.

Everybody cries.

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Correct!  Scientists don't know why some people don't cry.

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Believe or not, there are many people who do not cry.  There has been virtually no research on why people don't cry!

Most people cry for a lot of reasons, not just when they are sad.

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You're right!  People cry for lots of reasons other than being sad.  People cry because they are happy, angry, surprised, feel sorry for someone and when they are frustrated to name just a few.  Sometimes people cry when they are laughing really hard.

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Noooooo, people cry for lots of reasons other than being sad.  People cry because they are happy, angry, surprised, feel sorry for someone and when they are frustrated to name just a few.  Sometimes people cry when they are laughing really hard.

Crying makes people want to help you.

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Yes!  Tears make people want to help you.  Tears are one of the only really visible things that tells people how we feel.  Our instincts tell us when we see tears that the other person is in distress and we naturally want to help them.

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Tears actually do make people want to help you!  Tears are one of the only really visible things that tells people how we feel.  Our instincts tell us when we see tears that the other person is in distress and we naturally want to help them.

Humans are the only ones who shed tears when they cry.

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Brilliant! While it is true that animals do shed tears, humans are the only ones that cry because of their feelings.

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It is true that animals shed tears but it is only when they are in pain or physical irritation.  Humans are the only species that cries because of their feelings.

The most popular time for people to cry is 11:00PM.

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ding-ding-ding!  The most common time for people to cry is between 7:00PM and 10:00PM.

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While it makes sense that we would cry later in the day when we are tired, the most common time for people to cry is between 7:00PM and 10:00PM.

The tears you have when you have something in your eye are the same as the tears you have when you cry.

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Booyah!  The tears when you cry are actually stickier (so people can see them on your face - they show you need help) and they actually smell different!

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Sorry, their actually very different.  The tears when you cry are actually stickier (so people can see them on your face - they show you need help) and they actually smell different!

Girls cry more than boys.

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This was way to easy!  Girls cry 8 times more than boys.

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You thought this was a trick question!!!  Girls cry 8 times more than boys.

Having a good cry and letting everything out is good for you.

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Wow!  You know your facts!  There is no scientific evidence that crying makes you feel better.  What it can do is give you time to process whatever has upset you and that can sometimes make you feel better.

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This was a tough one!  While it does sometimes feel like crying is a release, there is no scientific evidence that crying makes you feel better.  What it can do is give you time to process whatever has upset you and that can sometimes make you feel better.

If you cry, people will stop being angry at you.

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This is really true and false.  Crying is a very powerful way to lessen someone's anger towards you but it won't necessarily make them forgive you.  Your best bet is to talk it out and apologize if you need to.

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This is really true and false.  Crying is a very powerful way to lessen someone's anger towards you but it won't necessarily make them forgive you.  Your best bet is to talk it out and apologize if you need to.

So how’d you do?  I guess the most important thing to learn is that crying does serve a purpose.  We cry because we need other people.  Crying is a good thing.

 

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