Meeting online = longer marriages–Internet banging–Suicides peak in spring–The power of cutlery–When uncertain we choose narcissistic leaders.
Five things we didn’t know last week from the world of psychology:
Meeting online = (slightly) longer marriages
Did you know that one-third of people who get married in the US originally met online? And it seems these marriages are slightly less likely to fail. In this sample of almost 20,000 people in the US:
See: the internet isn’t all bad…
…although, since all human life is online, a lot of stuff is quite bad. Just like everyone else, gang members now do a lot of their ‘business’ online. As a new paper entitled “Internet Banging: New trends in social media, gang violence, masculinity and hip hop” puts it: gang members now carry guns and Twitter accounts.
Suicides peak in spring
Very counter-intuitive this one because spring is the season of new life and new hope. Except it turns out that suicides peak in spring.
Although it’s an established finding from around the world, going back centuries in some cases, we still don’t really know why. Here are a couple of candidate explanations:
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The power of cutlery
There’s too much emphasis on food nowadays and not enough on cutlery. Something as simple as cutlery has quite noticeable effects on taste perceptions:
Throw away all those stupid cook-books and instead try experimenting with different coloured plates.
When uncertain we choose narcissistic leaders
As I’ve covered here before, narcissists seem to have a strange attraction for us. For a while at least we find ourselves drawn to their charm, their self-obsession and their entitled behaviour. Just the same effect is seen when people are looking for a leader, especially during times of uncertainty:
About the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book “Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.