In recent years no one has been able to appear smart on the internet without knowing a thing or two about science. Now more popular than ever, scientists are making all sorts of breakthroughs and discoveries that seek to make our lives easier. However, with so many things worth discovering it comes as no surprise that sometimes scientific research tells us something we knew the whole time, such as…
Kids get bored in class
Researches from McGill University and City University of New York collected data from 63 university and high school students and found that all of them experienced some kind of boredom. Not a total waste of time as the research discovered a new type of boredom called ‘apathetic boredom’ said to be ‘more powerful than anger or joy.’
Skiers like skiing
Perhaps Florida State University researchers were super keen for a working holiday when they set out to South Korea to study visitors of some of the country’s most popular ski resorts. What did they learn from the 126 skiers they studied? That skiing made them happy, boosting their mood throughout the rest of the day. Eureka.
Teenagers lie about sex
Most people assume men exaggerate their number of sexual partners while women subtract from their total. Not convinced by this old trope, Ohio State University psychology professor, Terri Fisher, surveyed 293 college students (average age 18) and found that the numbers seemed ‘more honest’ when the students were attached to a fake polygraph machine.
Obesity isn’t healthy
We have to give it to the researches at Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes, at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, they were trying to answer an interesting question; is there such a thing as a healthy obese person? Turns out there isn’t. Even obese people deemed to be healthy were still at extreme risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future.
So next time someone on the internet tries to sound smart just because they’re a scientist, you can link them right here!