Anyone paying even the slightest attention to trends in weeping cannot have missed the revolution in male behaviour.
After centuries of holding it in, men have gradually come around the idea of crying occasionally.
Depending on which is your go-to source of health information, the benefits of this unfamiliar activity are many and various.
More significantly though, is the general sense that “letting it out” makes a valuable contribution to men feeling better about themselves, which in turn helps in the battle against depression and even suicide. (Although according to the Samaritans, poverty is likely to play a bigger role in the latter.)
Having adjusted their lifestyle profile to accommodate crying then, men now have another question, possibly one which is even preventing them from getting started.
George Clooney, as celebrities will, has opened the bidding at an attention grabbing figure of four times a day, citing “exhaustion” as the cause.
Fortunately the Samaritans have yet to report a surge of calls from men distraught at being unable to meet this monthly quota of 100-plus instances of tear-bursting.
But George, even though you are yet to share evidence with the media to support your claim, are you sure you’re OK?
Because according to this story from New York magazine, which studied crying frequencies in 31 countries, women cried on average 2.7 times a month, while men cried on average just once.
American men topped the table for monthly sobbings (men) at 1.9, but as they shared this honour with Nepal, it is not possible to ascribe the skewing of the figures to the exceptional number of actors in the American sample.
This means Mr Clooney is outcrying the average by around 120 outbursts a month, a remarkable achievement even for a man of his sensitivity.
And so anyone whose day has been ruined by the discovery that their recently acquired emotional confidence appears miniscule and even a little humiliating next to Mr Clooney’s herculean ability to shed tears, science says there’s no need to be upset by it.
Although if you feel the need to cry in response, that’s fine too, of course.