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Old People Enjoy Reading Negative Stories About Young

September 1st, 2010 09:22 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

A study by Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick and co-author Matthias Hastall suggests that your grandma’s self-esteem gets a boost when she hears about the stupid things young people do. “Living in a youth centered culture, they may appreciate a boost in self-esteem. That’s why they prefer the negative stories about younger people, who are seen as having a higher status in our society,” said Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Westerwick. From the article: “All the adults in the study were shown what they were led to believe was a test version of a new online news magazine. They were also given a limited time to look over either a negative and positive version of 10 pre-selected articles. Each story was also paired with a photograph depicting someone of either the younger or the older age group. The researchers found that older people were more likely to choose to read negative articles about those younger than themselves. They also tended to show less interest in articles about older people, whether negative or positive.”

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