If you’re single and searching for your Prince Charming, then take solace. Sure, millennial men more or less invented the d**k pic, but a new study has found that they are more likely to be selfless, socially engaged, and health-conscious.
A survey of more than 600 men between the ages of 15 and 29 found that the most strongly endorsed masculine value is selflessness – 90 percent of men agree that a man should help other people (swoon) and 80 percent believe a man should give back to his community (all the fuzzy feels). An overwhelming majority also believe that a man should be healthy and open to new ideas, experiences, and people.
Traditional masculine values ranked lower, but they are still valued. More than three-quarters of men believe they should be independent and physically fit (yes, please), but that intellectual and emotional strength are also equally as important.
Of course, there is a catch: It could just be a Canadian thing. All 630 participants were from Western Canada and if Canadians are known for one thing, it’s their manners.
"Young Canadian men seem to be holding masculine values that are distinctly different from those of previous generations," said lead author John Oliffe in a statement. "These values may run counter to long-standing claims that young men are typically hedonistic, hypercompetitive, and that they risk or neglect their health."
The findings support a growing body of work about changing gender roles.