We actually aren't really that different. Only our society makes us that way. Dads need the same things. We don't always get them. There are fewer dad groups and support areas for men. That I squarely put onto our culture. Men aren't supposed to show emotion or at leaste not what is considered a "feminine" need to be with others and feel close. Men are supposed to go have a beer with the buds, punch each other on the shoulder and watch the game. That's it.
I say bunk to that. I would love to hang with friends and actually have human interaction with emotions. I find a few men here and there who share this perception. It's hard being a parent and being able to get away to ever just hang out with people.
So, I would say yes, men need the "same "things. But, I agree that your sweety most likely does not get the chance. Especially if he works. I hope he can find a way to get there, though.