Saturday, October 16, 2010

6 Things That Are Secretly Turning You Into A Bad Person: #3. Touch


Of our five senses, the one we pay the least attention to, and science studies the least, is touch. Yet recent experiments indicate that we may be vastly underrating the first sense we develop. Everything from the feel of the chair you sit on to what you're holding can influence your behavior and the decisions you make.

Imagine yourself touching this. You'll be kinder in the comments.
Over a series of studies, scientists found that they could easily manipulate people's feelings and perceptions based on nothing more than what the subjects were touching. Holding heavier objects, for instance, made men think more seriously about things, which in turn made them more likely to donate money to charity if asked. Men holding lighter objects were less likely to donate to charitable causes. People handling rough objects were more likely to see neutral social situations in a bad light, saying that other people were obviously in a bad mood. That means that the answer to arguably the most frequently asked question over the course of human history -- "What the fuck is your problem?" -- might be as simple as "The tag on this new underwear is digging into my ass."

He killed millions. But in his defense, that shirt looks wicked  itchy.
Perhaps the most shocking find was that your hands didn't have to be the things doing the touching. People who sat in hard chairs were more likely to maintain a hard line in negotiations and were less receptive to their partner's way of thinking. So watch out for that next time you try to convince your boss you need a raise. If instead of a chair she offers you a pile of ducklings to sit on, you're basically screwed. After all, to be truly effective, ass kissing probably needs to be taken in new, horrifically literal directions.

31 comments:

  1. ohhhh!! so if you got blue balls you'll probably punch everyone you see

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  2. very interesting, great post. keep it up.

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  3. ya ive heard of study where they handed people hot and cold drinks and it really messed with peoples perception of eachtother

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  4. The 'hard chairs, hard line of negotiation' thing, is that a metaphor, or really phyiscal hard chairs?

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  5. I like touching fluffy things lol

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  6. Touching soft things feels good, I sense no problem

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  7. Interesting, never thought of touching as a way of persuasion, welling maybe "bad touching" but that doesn't count here.

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  8. If I could only get a chair to be sexy...

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  9. If I had to wear that shirt I'd be a little pissed too

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  10. hmm thats interesting. I never though about those thigns before.

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  11. these are fascinating. keep them coming.

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  12. I guess it's a good idea to surround myself with marshmallows and kittens :)

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  13. I love reaaaaally soft things, that must explain my personality

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