Older People Read Negative Stories Of Young Ones To Feel Good

Camille H. | September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments More

Older People Read Negative Stories Of Young Ones To Feel Good – A recent study in Germany found that older people prefer to read negative stories about younger people, as it gives them a boost for their self-esteem. The study found that even though older people are generally thought to be wise, they are also categorized as being slow and forgetful. This gives “being old” a negative connotation for the youth of today.

The study observed that older people preferred to read negative stories about younger people, as opposed to positive stories about the young generation or any type of stories about the older generation.
Interestingly enough, young people chose to read positive articles about other young people, suggesting that they also reiterate the idea that youth is an important factor in today’s society and is something to be valued.


After the participants of the study finished choosing and reading their articles, they were given a self-esteem evaluation. The older people saw a rise in self-esteem after reading negative articles about younger people, unlike the younger portion of the study.

The scientists do not believe that the nationality of the participants is important.
“I believe that much the same would hold true for Americans,” said Dr. Silvia Knobloch-Weterwick, one of the main leaders of the study.

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