Posts tagged "study"

Check Your Vibes: 11 Reasons Aging Just Might Be The Key To Happiness

After assessing the lives and habits of 262,000 people, a recent study conducted by polling company CivicScience found that as far as statistics go, Americans are pretty damn happy. Shocker, right? If anecdotal evidence and oft-cited bits of pseudo-science are any indication, I’ve been under the impression that Americans are some of the least happy people on the planet, despite…

Claire Hannum / May 18, 2015

Uh-Oh: Study Finds Eyeliner Can Mess With Your Vision

It’s been said for years that misusing eye makeup can cause health problems, but most of us only see “misuse” as keeping our mascara past its expiration date. New research out of Cardiff University in Wales shows that wearing eye makeup in the first place can be an issue on its own! Study director Dr. Alison Ng found that applying eyeliner…

Claire Hannum / April 1, 2015

Science Says Hugging Keeps You Healthy!

Something I didn’t realize or appreciate until I got older is how intentional my parents were about being a big hugging family when I was growing up, because most of the adults who raised them as kids were not. I guess they had the right idea, because a recent Carnegie Mellon study found that hugging helps keep us healthy! More specifically, feeling…

Claire Hannum / March 20, 2015

Here’s How Much We Spend To Get Married

In what some are calling one sign of an improving economy, if at the expense of newlyweds, a new survey by The Knot finds that the average cost of a US wedding jumped to $31,213 last year, marking a five-year high when adjusted for inflation. In its eighth report, the wedding site reveals in a…

Newser / March 14, 2015

Easily Distracted? You Might Be A Creative Genius!

A study from Northwestern University suggests that if you find yourself struggling to shut out distractions, it may be a sign of creative brilliance. Is that not the most validating information you’ve heard in years? According to Science Daily, the findings provide “the first physiological evidence that real-world creativity may be associated with a reduced ability to filter ‘irrelevant’ sensory…

Claire Hannum / March 5, 2015

Science Says Family Secrets Can Literally Make You Sick

Back in the ’80s, Dr. Vincent Felitti was looking for ways to help obese patients lose weight when he stumbled upon a troubling correlation: most of his patients who quit treatment and gained significant amounts of weight back after losing hundreds of pounds had experienced sexual abuse as children. When he began regularly asking patient…

Claire Hannum / March 3, 2015

Don’t Take Out Your Rage On The Wrong Person

We all know that projecting isn’t good — nobody wins when you scream at your husband or mom for no reason when you’re actually mad about an office squabble — but what’s scary is just how likely we are to take this to an extreme. A study from the Philipp University of Marburg in Germany found that “displaced revenge,” in which…

Claire Hannum / February 24, 2015

Study: Shopping While Hungry Might Make You Buy A Bunch Of Stuff You Don’t Want

We all know the horrors of roaming the grocery store aisles while hungry (and subsequently filling up your cart with $50 worth of Ho Hos and Kraft Deluxe instead of the kale you came for), but a University of Minnesota study has found that hunger can fuel regretful purchases of any products, not just food. The study, which was published last week…

Claire Hannum / February 24, 2015

Smoking Kills More People Than We Thought: Study

How many Americans does smoking kill each year? If you’re going by the surgeon general, the answer is about 480,000. But a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the number is actually more like 575,000. The issue is that only 21 causes of death are officially blamed on smoking, the…

Newser / February 17, 2015

Here Are The Weird Ways We Cope With Stress

A recent stress study by the American Psychological Association put together a profile of the most stressed-out person in America: she’s a mom in her late 20s or early 30s who makes less than $50,000 a year, and she probably needs a hug. The study found that women are more stressed than men in general, and that America…

Claire Hannum / February 11, 2015

Study: Emoji Users Have More Sex

An annual Match.com dating survey found that people who regularly use emojis get it on more often. The survey polled 5,675 singles who don’t use Match. Emoji users not only have more sex, they go on more dates and are more likely to want to get married. Women who use kiss-related emojis were also found…

Claire Hannum / February 6, 2015

Study: Could Too Much Running Shorten Your Life?

Science is now suggesting that you think twice before feeling smug about making it on to the treadmill this morning. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that running too frequently may increase your mortality rate. Researchers studied 5,000 healthy adults, 1,098 of whom were runners and 3,950 of whom…

Claire Hannum / February 4, 2015

Science Says Men & Women Process Emotions Differently

A study by the University of Basel discovered there’s some truth to the cliched belief that men and women process their feelings differently. Maybe John Gray was on to something?  The study, which will be published in the Journal of Neuroscience, “focused on determining the gender-dependent relationship between emotions, memory performance and brain activity.” The results show…

Claire Hannum / January 22, 2015

Study: iPhone Separation Anxiety Is An Actual Thing

A new study from the University of Missouri found that people can suffer serious psychological and physiological effects when separated from their phones. Despite the fact that our collective cell phone obsession is the world’s favorite thing to talk about, very little research exists on what happens when our iPhones are taken away from us.

Claire Hannum / January 18, 2015

Here’s What To Expect From Porn In 2015

PornHub published its 2014 yearly review this week, and it was full of illuminating statistics about what exactly the world gets off to. PornHub analyzed the most popular search terms, countrywide porn statistics, most popular porn stars, the viewing habits of men vs. women, which world events impacted PornHub’s traffic, and even which countries’ viewer…

Claire Hannum / January 9, 2015

The Best U.S. City For Singles Will Surprise You

This seems like the absolute worst time of year to weigh these types of statistics, but WalletHub measured some data and put together a nifty list of the best and worst cities in the United States to be single. The list is based on the damage dating does to your wallet in each metropolis and…

Claire Hannum / December 24, 2014

Breaking News: Study Finds Dudes Like High Heels

Brace yourselves, universe: scientific research has found that wearing high heels makes women more attractive to men. Who would’ve thought!? Study author Nicolas Guéguen summarizes his findings by noting, “Women’s shoe heel size exerts a powerful effect on men’s behavior.”…

Claire Hannum / November 20, 2014

Study: The Cost Of Your Wedding & Engagement Ring Can Predict Divorce

A study conducted by economists at Emory University found that the amount of money spent on a couple’s wedding and engagement can pretty accurately predict whether divorce is on the horizon. The study, smugly titled “‘A Diamond Is Forever’ And Other Fairy Tales” (love it), surveyed over 3,000 people about their nuptial spending, controlling for…

Claire Hannum / November 13, 2014

Study: The More Male Friends A Woman Has, The More Often She Gets Laid

According to a new study from Oakland University, women who have an abundance of men in their life— coworkers, family members, friends, etc.—have more sex with their boyfriends compared to couples in which the woman has less male influencers.

Researchers claim it all boils down to a little something called “sperm competition.” I…

Katie Oldenburg / November 13, 2014

Easy New Workout Hack: Be Nice To Yourself!

According to a new study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, positive self-talk is the key to a quality workout. The study found that cyclers who rooted for themselves pedaled longer than other exercisers, and reported a lower rate of perceived effort. So, telling yourself “I can do this” or rocking some other…

Claire Hannum / October 3, 2014
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