Research reveals more than half of UK men feel pressure and anxiety due to societal expectations.

19th November 2022 – Future Men today released the results of its Future Men Survey 2023. The survey reveals that over half (52%) of men in the UK feel pressured by society’s expectations of them, and that 40% suffer from anxiety as a result.

Future Men’s YouGov poll reveals a crisis of masculinity as more than a third of young men feel unfairly treated and forgotten by society, with social media identified as a key source of negative behavioural role models.

  • 37% of young men feels society still expects them to “be the breadwinner”.
  • 49% of UK adults believe that ‘not being able to provide financially’ would cause a man to feel emasculated.
  • 51% of young men believe that society expects them to “man up” when faced with challenges.
  • A third (34%) of men under 35 feel that struggling with mental health makes them less masculine.
  • Over half (51%) felt that “crying in front of others” would make them feel ‘less masculine’.
  • 29% of UK men feel forgotten/left behind due to society’s expectations of them.

To read the full report, click here Future Men Survey 2022 Release.

To see how Future Men marked International Men’s Day 2021, including an interview with the Fathers’ Team, click the link.

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