Girls do much better than boys when opening their GCSE and A-level results, according to research from Manchester University.
‘Girls far outperform boys in hysterics, histrionics and dramatic effects, when they open their results,’ said Professor Sheila Sweeney, who led the study. ‘Boys simply can’t compete with girls in shrieking, whooping, hugging friends, weeping, waving letters about and wetting themselves.’
Professor Sweeney said that the more subdued reaction from boys could be explained by their generally crap results.
Professor Sweeney said she dismissed suggestions that the quality of GCSE and A-level results histrionics had fallen and was getting easier. ‘We found that even girl candidates who got poor grades still achieved a high degree of hysterics as they opened their results. This was especially noticeable if reporters from BBC News were present.’
Dr John Ashcroft, who co-authored the study, said that females continued in later life to outperform males in reacting to academic results.
‘When Professor Sweeney saw the results of our study, she went mental, ‘ Dr Ashcroft said, ‘whereas I just ordered another bottle of brown ale.’