Faithfulness, loyalty and doing your share of housework are biggest signs of modern manliness

In the past, traits such as being able to change plugs and tyres were seen a signs of manliness but times seem to be changing. A new poll has revealed that while some of these traits remain important, modern men have a different perspective of what manliness looks like.

A new poll of 2,000 men, commissioned by UK TV channel Quest, found that looking after yourself physically, staying faithful to your partner and having a creative flair are considered among the biggest signs of manliness today.

According to the poll, loyalty to friends is considered as the biggest sign of manliness (42 per cent). In second place is faithfulness to your partner (37 per cent), followed by opening doors for both sexes (29 per cent) and doing your share of housework (27 per cent).

But while traits that have long since been considered manly, such as being able to change a plug (16 per cent) and being able change a tyre (15 per cent) featured in the list of manly attributes, a host of more modern examples also came into play.

For example, a quarter of the men polled believe looking after themselves physically was an important aspect of manhood, while more than one in ten (13 percent) said not being ashamed to be a stay at home dad was a sign of a true man.

The poll also revealed that traditional views of masculinity are still commonplace. Nearly two thirds (62 per cent) still believe men should be the main breadwinner, compared to 46 per cent of females, and more than half (58 per cent) of men said they should be responsible for all the DIY in the house.

According to a spokesperson for Quest, “The study has uncovered some really interesting insights into how modern men view themselves. As the home of many popular shows for men we’d like to think we power people’s passions, so it was good to see how many modern men have passions and hobbies outside of their families."


  1. You are loyal to your friends - 42 per cent
  2. You are faithful to your partner - 37 per cent
  3. You open doors for both sexes - 29 per cent
  4. You do your fair share of housework - 27 per cent
  5. You are a 50/50 parent - 26 per cent
  6. You know when to keep your mouth shut - 25 per cent
  7. You look after yourself physically - 24 per cent
  8. You aren’t afraid to cry - 24 per cent
  9. You can change a nappy - 24 per cent
  10. You can talk about your emotions - 24 per cent
  11. You are self-assured - 23 per cent
  12. You get tipsy and not DRUNK - 22 per cent
  13. You can cook a roast - 20 per cent
  14. You are well read - 18 per cent
  15. You do not get jealous - 17 per cent
  16. You can wire a plug - 16 per cent
  17. You can change a tyre - 15 per cent
  18. You can find your way without a sat nav - 14 per cent
  19. You would be happy to be a stay at home dad - 13 per cent
  20. You take a baby out in a sling - 11 per cent
  21. You are still the boss of the BBQ - 11 per cent
  22. You are well travelled - 10 per cent
  23. You have a creative flair - 10 per cent
  24. You know how to flirt - 9 per cent
  25. You don’t have tattoos - 9 per cent

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