9 Health Studies We Rolled Our Eyes At This Year
Ever notice that researchers sometimes spend tons of time and money on studies when the outcomes are totally obvious to anyone who happens to be awake and breathing? We have.
With that in mind, we've assembled a list of nine "no-kidding" health studies from the past year. Enjoy!
- Alert the media: Guys like boobs! Yes, apparently someone felt driven to spend big bucks on eye-tracking technology to verify that men's eyeballs are drawn to women's chests. Gotta give props to the researchers, though: They came up with a way to ogle in the name of science. Genius!
- Some Frenchmen would prefer that women not wear bras. Professor Jean-Denis Rouillon from the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besançon in France spent 15 years "measuring and examining" women's breasts in an effort to prove that bras do more harm than good. The result of his, er... hands-on research? Bras are a "false need," but if you've been wearing a bra for a long time, you should keep on wearing one. (Thanks for the tip, professor.)
- Having kids makes you happier... until it makes you unhappier. Researchers can't prove anything either way. But they'll keep trying!
- Men and women don't view sex the same way. Women regret moving too fast with new partners, while men regret not moving fast enough. How stereotypically... stereotypical!
- Men and women are wired differently. Like, literally. Like, in their brains. Like, obvs.
- Exercise is good, but some people would prefer to sit around. Amazing finding: If exercise isn't a goal... you won't exercise. Huh. Weird.
- Kids like fast food for the toys. That's why fast-food companies put the toys in their ads. Who knew? (Answer: Everyone.)
- If you don't like your fiancée, it'd probably be wise not to marry her. Research found that when people used negative adjectives to describe their betrothed, their marriage usually didn't work out. So try not to marry someone you feel deep disdain for, mmkay?
- Studies aren't always accurate. Yep, a study found that researchers sometimes overstate their results. However, you may want to take that particular finding with a grain of salt, because for all we know, the researchers may have been overstating their results.