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Millennials are turned off sex, study suggests, with one in eight still virgins at 26 
Millennials are waiting longer to have sex, with one in eight still virgins at 26 years old, new research has found.

The sharp rise in the number of young people waiting longer to have sex may be because of a "fear of intimacy" and the pressure of social media, according to analysts.

The Next Steps project, the brainchild of the Department for Education which is now managed by University College London, has tracked 16,000 people born in 1989-90 since they were 14.

The interviews, conducted in 2016, discovered a rise in the number of Millenials waiting longer to have sex compared to previous generations, where one in 20 reported still being virgins at around the same age.

Susanna Abse, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Balint Consultancy, told the Sunday Times: "Millenials have been brought up in a culture of hypersexuality which has bred a fear of intimacy.

The 'fear of exposure' on social media has been suggested as a possible reason why young people are waiting longer to have sex.

"The women are always up for it with beautiful hard bodies and the men have permanent erections. That is daunting to young people."
sex  millennials  virginity  a-study-says  kidstoday  uk  intimacy  morals 
june 2018 by StJohnBosco
FAU | Think Millennials Are the ‘Hookup Generation?’ | http://www.fau.edu/newsdesk/articles/millennials-sex-study.php
“This is really about this generation of young American adults and not the time period in which they are living,” said Sherman. “This has very little to do with changing norms about sexual behavior; the generations are just different and it has everything to do with them.”

To determine if this shift was due to differences in age or generation, the researchers used a two-pronged approach to compare sexual inactivity rates by birth decade among 20 to 24 year olds. They  conducted a unique age-period-cohort analysis using the entire sample of adults ages 18 to 96 in the General Social Survey (GSS), a nationally representative sample of American adults since 1989. They also examined gender, race, education, region, and religiosity as moderators to determine whether any changes in sexual inactivity differed from one group to another.
sex  millennials  USA  a-study-says  research 
june 2018 by StJohnBosco
Power Causes Brain Damage - The Atlantic
The historian Henry Adams was being metaphorical, not medical, when he described power as “a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.” But that’s not far from where Dacher Keltner, a psychology professor at UC Berkeley, ended up after years of lab and field experiments. Subjects under the influence of power, he found in studies spanning two decades, acted as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injury—becoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people’s point of view.
behavior  business  psychology  power  a-study-says  brain 
june 2017 by StJohnBosco
Study: Psilocybin Mushrooms Can Help Cancer Anxiety - The Atlantic
The results were remarkable: Six months later, 78 percent of the participants were less depressed than they started, as rated by a clinician, and 83 percent were less anxious. Furthermore, 65 percent had almost fully recovered from depression, and 57 percent from their anxiety, after six months. By comparison, in past studies antidepressants have only helped about 40 percent of cancer patients, performing about as well as a placebo. At the six-month follow-up, two-thirds of the participants rated the experience as one of the top five most meaningful of their lives. They attributed their improvements to positive changes in their attitudes about their lives and their social relationships. Their quality of life improved, as did their feelings of “life meaning” and optimism—even though several of them would later die. “People will say, ‘I know I’m dying, I’m sad that I’m dying, but it’s okay,” Griffiths said. “Things are going to be alright.”
depression  cancer  psychedelics  psychotherapy  shrooms  a-study-says  death  dying 
may 2017 by StJohnBosco
Magic mushrooms lift severe depression in clinical trial | Science | The Guardian
“Both times I experienced something called ‘psychedelic turbulence’. This is the transition period to the psychedelic state, and caused me to feel cold and anxious,” the 45-year-old said. “However this soon passed, and I had a mostly pleasant – and sometimes beautiful – experience.

“There were certainly some challenging moments during the sessions, for instance when I experienced being in hospital with my mother when she was very ill. And during the high-dose session I visualised my grief as an ulcer that I was preventing from healing so that I could stay connected to my mother. However, by going through memories, and feeling the love in our relationship, I saw that letting go of the grief was not letting go of her memory.”

He said it was not a quick fix and he needed to keep working at feeling positive, but he was still “doing great”.
psychedelics  depression  drugs  a-study-says  psychotherapy  shrooms 
may 2017 by StJohnBosco
Q&A with Study Authors Roland Griffiths and Robert Jesse on ‘Bad Trips’
Q: It’s hard to understand how a terrifying “bad trip” can sometimes have positive outcomes. Can you explain?
GRIFFITHS (shown right): In a way, it’s not really so surprising. When we look back on challenging life events we wouldn’t choose, like a bout with a major disease, a harrowing experience while rock-climbing, or a painful divorce, sometimes we feel later that the difficult experience made us notably stronger or wiser. We might even come to value what happened. Of course, we wouldn’t want any such experience to actually damage us or anyone else physically or psychologically. Also, because developing strength or wisdom through adversity isn’t guaranteed, we might well want capable friends or counselors—even if just as a kind and sympathetic ear—to be available to help us make constructive use of the experience as part of our personal growth.
psychedelics  shrooms  a-study-says  psychotherapy 
may 2017 by StJohnBosco
Cats Are Actually Nice, Scientists Find - Motherboard
The test took 50 cats both from people's homes and from a shelter and deprived them of food, toys, and people for a few hours. Then, researchers presented the cats with different stimuli within four categories: human socialization, food, scent, and toys.

The researchers concluded that there were no significant differences between the homed and the shelter cats, and that most cats preferred human socialization to any of the other categories. Half of the cats preferred social interaction to every other stimulus type, while only 37 percent preferred food.

"While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency," the authors wrote, "we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories."
cats  a-study-says  pets 
march 2017 by StJohnBosco
Heavy Metal and Natural Language Processing - Part 1
Most Metal Words Rank Word Metalness
1 burn 3.81 |
2 cries 3.63 |
3 veins 3.59 |
4 eternity 3.56 |
5 breathe 3.54 |
6 beast 3.54 |
7 gonna 3.53 |
8 demons 3.53 |
9 ashes 3.51 |
10 soul 3.40 |
11 sorrow 3.40 |
12 sword 3.38 |
13 goodbye 3.28 |
14 dreams 3.28 |
15 gods 3.24 |
16 pray 3.22 |
17 reign 3.15 |
18 tear 3.12 |
19 flames 3.12 |
20 scream 3.11 |
Least Metal Words Rank Word Metalness
1 particularly -6.47 |
2 indicated -6.32 |
3 secretary -6.29 |
4 committee -6.16 |
5 university -6.09 |
6 relatively -6.08 |
7 noted -5.85 |
8 approximately -5.75 |
9 chairman -5.69 |
10 employees -5.67 |
11 attorney -5.66 |
12 membership -5.64 |
13 administrative -5.61 |
14 considerable -5.60 |
15 academic -5.51 |
16 literary -5.49 |
17 agencies -5.48 |
18 measurements -5.47 |
19 fiscal -5.45 |
20 residential -5.45 |
metal  language  a-study-says  statistics  linguistics  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
Top Neuroscientist Explains How Big PharmaΓÇÖs Adderall Is Essentially Crystal Met...
the only major difference between crystal meth and Adderall is public perception.
Hart explains that this perception of illicit meth is largely due to misinformation put out by public service messages.
drugs  adhd  amphetamine  a-study-says  propaganda  war-on-drugs  psychopharmacology  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
Rich and poor teenagers use the web differently ΓÇô here's what this is doing to i...
But in all countries, what students do with computers, from using e-mail to reading news, is directly linked to their ΓÇ£socio-economic statusΓÇ¥ with inequality continuing, even in countries where all young people have easy access to the internet. ΓÇ£Equal access does imply equal opportunities,ΓÇ¥ says the report, which goes on to point out that while anyone can use the internet to learn about the world, improve their skills or apply for a well-paid job, disadvantaged students are less likely to be aware of the opportunities that digital technology offers. ΓÇ£They may not have the knowledge or skills required to turn online opportunities into real opportunities,ΓÇ¥ the report says.
inequality  internet  technology  education  a-study-says  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
Feeling Guilty About Not Flossing? Maybe ThereΓÇÖs No Need - The New York Times
The latest dietary guidelines for Americans, issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, quietly dropped any mention of flossing without notice. This week, The Associated Press reported that officials had never researched the effectiveness of regular flossing, as required, before cajoling Americans to do it. Among experts, however, it has been something of an open secret that flossing has not been shown to prevent cavities or severe periodontal disease. If itΓÇÖs any consolation, there is some mediocre evidence that flossing does reduce bloody gums and inflammation known as gingivitis. That Cochrane review found that regular brushers and flossers had less gum bleeding than people who only brushed, although the authors cautioned that the quality of the evidence was ΓÇ£very low.ΓÇ¥
health  a-study-says  Delicious 
august 2016 by StJohnBosco
The real reason some people end up with partners who are way more attractive - W...
They found that heterosexual couples who were friends before they dated were more likely to be rated at different attractiveness levels.
In general, the correlation between the manΓÇÖs and the womanΓÇÖs attractiveness ratings were relatively high, and those who met each other and started dating within a month had relatively similar levels of attractiveness. But the longer the couple knew each other before they started dating, the less likely they were to be matched for attractiveness. For couples who knew each for more than nine months before they started dating, the researchers found no significant correlation in their attractiveness.
These kinds of relationships may be slowly in decline, as Alex Mayassi argues for Priceonomics. Data shows that fewer people these days are meeting their partners through friends, family, church or school ΓÇö the kind of situations where you might learn something more about peopleΓÇÖs unique abilities. Instead, more couples are meeting their partner through online dating or at bars and restaurants, where looks really do form first impressions.
dating  attraction  beauty  relationships  a-study-says  friendship  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Researchers face off over whether newborns are really copycats | Science News
Other studies have found that babies stick their tongues out when aroused by flashing lights or lively music, notes psychologist Cecilia Heyes of the University of Oxford, who didnΓÇÖt participate in the new investigation. NewbornsΓÇÖ tongues pop out after seeing an adult do the same thing at close range because the kids are amped up, she contends.
Give the little copycats a break, Meltzoff responds. In the new study, babies saw a total of 11 actions appearing one right after another, with 15 seconds to 1 minute to respond to each demonstration. Newborns need more time than that to coordinate a movement like one theyΓÇÖve just observed, he asserts. Another problem: the researchers discarded cases of imitation if babies had looked away from a demonstration for more than two seconds. Babies, like adults, often look away when absorbing information or organizing a response, Meltzoff says.
babies  science  research  a-study-says  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Scientists Are Testing Psychedelic Drugs To Treat Depression - BuzzFeed News
ΓÇ£Often with psychedelics, emotions and difficult experiences that have been repressed because theyΓÇÖre so uncomfortable and painful come to the surface. That can be very healthy and very positive in terms of change, because avoidance of difficult emotion is really at the heart of many mental health difficulties. Accepting those emotions, letting them in, and experiencing can allow people to process them and kind of put them to rest.ΓÇ¥
ΓÇ£We prepare people to welcome whatever they may encounter ΓÇô no picking and choosing,ΓÇ¥ he said. ΓÇ£Sometimes you have to go through the dark night to get to the top of the mountain and the sunrise. If the inner dragon or monster appears, look him in the eye ΓÇô go straight towards him. If you look the monster in the eye and go towards it, ask it what it wants ΓÇô thereΓÇÖs always resolution, transformation, and new knowledge. When you run from it, you get into panic and paranoia, like a typical nightmare ΓÇô and then you say, ΓÇÿIΓÇÖve had a bad trip.ΓÇÖΓÇ¥
psychedelics  psychotherapy  trauma  depression  a-study-says  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Fishes Have Feelings, Too - The New York Times
At low tide, frillfins hide in rocky tide pools. If danger lurks ΓÇö a hungry octopus, say ΓÇö the goby will jump to a neighboring tide pool, with remarkable accuracy. How do they avoid ending up stranded on the rocks? Continue reading the main story
A series of captive experiments dating from the 1940s found something remarkable. They memorize the tide pool layout while swimming over it at high tide. They can do it in one try, and remember it 40 days later. So much for a fishΓÇÖs mythic three-second memory. If a fishΓÇÖs brain can achieve that, what else might it be capable of? Tool use was once thought the sole province of humans, but the behavior has now been discovered in a wide range of animals, including fishes. The enterprising orange-dotted tusk fish, a species native to the western Pacific, first uncovers a clam by blowing water on the sand, then carries the mollusk in its mouth to a nearby rock and smashes the clam on the rock with a series of deft head flicks.
fish  feelings  thinking  a-study-says  science  behavior  animals  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Researchers say computer screens change how you think about what you read - The ...
Reading something on a screen -- as opposed to a printout -- causes people to home in on details and but not broader ideas, according to a new article by Geoff Kaufman. a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Mary Flanagan, a professor at Dartmouth. "Digital screens almost seem to create a sort of tunnel vision where you're focusing on just the information you're getting this moment, not the broader context," Kaufman said. The article is based on a series of studies involving a total of more than 300 participants that were carried out while the two researchers worked together at Tiltfactor, a Dartmouth game design lab.
technology  computer  reading  books  a-study-says  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
After ΓÇÿThe Biggest Loser,ΓÇÖ Their Bodies Fought to Regain Weight - The New York T...
ΓÇ£Unfortunately, many contestants are unable to find or afford adequate ongoing support with exercise doctors, psychologists, sleep specialists, and trainers ΓÇö and thatΓÇÖs something we all need to work hard to change,ΓÇ¥ he said in an email.
They are starting to unravel the reasons bariatric surgery allows most people to lose significant amounts of weight when dieting so often fails. And they are looking afresh at medical care for obese people.
Most people who have tried to lose weight know how hard it is to keep the weight off, but many blame themselves when the pounds come back. But what obesity research has consistently shown is that dieters are at the mercy of their own bodies, which muster hormones and an altered metabolic rate to pull them back to their old weights, whether that is hundreds of pounds more or that extra 10 or 15 that many people are trying to keep off.
fat  dieting  a-study-says  health  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Latex condoms are the worst: Why, after all these years, donΓÇÖt we have a better ...
Glickman believes that what happened to TheyFit shows that the FDA is unconcerned with how sexually active Americans actually have sex. HereΓÇÖs more proof: The FDA does not sanction condoms for anal sex.
Latex condoms are not, and have never been, approved by the FDA for use during anal sex. Clinical trials comparing experimental condoms to existing latex condoms enroll only straight couples and instruct them to use the condoms for vaginal intercourse. (The commonly cited latex condom failure rate of 2 percent came out of these clinical trials.) When Marlowe and his colleagues at the FDA began trying to improve condom standards in the late 1980s and early 1990s, they looked at the scientific literature on the physics of sex and found that there had been virtually no studies of anal sex.
research  sex  safer-sex  regulation  a-study-says  fda  birth-control  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco
Never RT (It's Making You Stupid) | Motherboard
In a second experiment, the authors gave both test groups a science article to read after spending time re-blogging, or not, on Weibo. They discovered the students who re-blogged again performed worse on a comprehension test about the article. The action of sharing information, it seems, also negatively affects peopleΓÇÖs cognitive abilities in other non-social media related tasks. ΓÇ£In real life when students are surfing online and exchanging information and right after that they go to take a test, they may perform worse,ΓÇ¥ Wang suggested. Similar studies have observed whether social networking impacts analytical reasoning and retention. And just as the Chinese researchers found, certain actions online caused test subjects to exhibit poor cognitive functioning.
social-media  reading  a-study-says  Delicious 
may 2016 by StJohnBosco

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