People Who Eat Organic Food Tend To Be Selfish And Judgmental
There's a stereotype for the type of person who spends the entirety of their weekly grocery allotment on highfalutin pesticide/hormone/neutrino-freer-than-thou foodstuffs, and it's not exactly flattering. Even before Whole Foods employees started making Amazon logos out of meat, making a big deal out of eating organic foods has seemed to correlate closely with inflated levels of unchecked knobbery. Could it be that the rest of us are simply jealous of those with the mental fortitude to shun delicious junk? Nope! Here's some hard science to back you up the next time you feel like calling them out on their insufferable jerkitude.
A study published in the journal Social Psychological And Personality Science posited that folks who eat organic foods on the regular have an increased likelihood of being judgy toward others (while also displaying a lack of altruism).
Social Psychological and Personality Science Or in non-scientific terms, of being chodes.
As an assistant professor at Loyola University and the study's lead author explains: "People may feel like they've done their good deed. That they have permission, or license, to act unethically later on. It's like when you go to the gym and run a few miles and you feel good about yourself, so you eat a candy bar." If we're reading that right, all you need is a bottle of "veganic kombucha" to feel like you can get away with stabbing someone.
In other words, some people equate the buying of specialty health foods with "moral credits," which they can spend at their leisure on small acts of dickery. It's basically the hipster version of buying indulgences, only with more gastrointestinal regularity. You can follow the links to see how they conducted their research, which involved things like showing people food labels and then asking them to rate situations "ranging from cousins having sex to a lawyer trolling the ER for litigious patients." Whatever their methods, we have a hard time arguing with Doug Barry of Jezebel's assessment of their findings, since it's something we've always considered one of life's great truisms: "eating cookies makes you a better person." (As long as they're not oatmeal.)
Those Who Frequent Tanning Beds Are Likely To Be Addicted (To Things Other Than Tanning Beds)
Now that the general populace is more aware of how wonderful and beneficial prolonged exposure to UV rays is (if you're a developing malignant melanoma), tanning salons aren't quite as popular as they once were. And yet there are somehow still plenty of people who regularly strip down, put on those weird tiny glasses, and go under the lamps. Why do they still engage in an activity that's so objectively self-destructive? Well, a lot of the time, according to research, it's because they're sad drunks and/or junkies.