Let’s dive into this week’s Psychology Around the Net for some perspective on how we decide to trust the news we trust, new research on a hormone we secrete when we’re panicked, a survey that shows happy people don’t just ignore the social issues around them, and more.
Substance Use in the Food Service Industry: The American Addiction Centers recently conducted a survey that sheds some light on substance use among workers in the food service industry, an industry that is often stereotyped for drug and alcohol use. Among some of the findings: 10% of workers report they work while under the influence of drugs on the majority of their shifts and 6% report the same for alcohol; 16% of workers report they use alcohol more now than in the beginning of their careers and 10.75% report they use drugs more now than previously; and more than 40% of food service workers report they consider casual substance use to be a part of their work culture. What can we do with this information?
New Study: How Sexism Hurts Mental Health: Experiencing sexism can do more than just piss you off. According to a new study, women who reported experiencing sexism are three times more likely to also experience depression, psychological distress, and lower levels of self-rated and health and life satisfaction.
In the News We Trust: Several factors work together to sway whether we think a publisher is trustworthy including, but not limited to, how load times, navigability, and advertisement intrusiveness.
Your Bones Secrete a Hormone That Can Make You Panic, Scientists Find: Ever get that uneasy, feel-it-in-your-bones sensation? Well, it’s not all in your head — it actually is in your bones. Gerard Karsenty, a geneticist at Columbia University, is interested in studying how our skeletons support us physical as well as how they interact with the rest of our body. He and his colleagues released a new study that shows our bones secrete a hormone, osteocalcin, when we’re in stressful situations. Osteocalcin, which is produced by some of the same cells that make bones, seems to be important to our fight-or-flight response and separate from other kinds of stress chemicals such as adrenaline.
Happiness Doesn’t Make You Ignore Social Problems: The “Pollyanna hypothesis” states that happy people might be too happy to care about current issues and less likely to take action to improve society. However, a new study contradicts this hypothesis. Researchers recently surveyed three groups of people to find out how generally happy they are and how much they care about a particular social issue. Survey participants reported on actions they had taken related to the issue and any future action plans. Some participants reported on their willingness to sign up on the spot to take action. Says lead researcher Kostadin Kushlev: “There’s a naïve belief out there that maybe we shouldn’t be focused on making people happier or increasing their well-being because they won’t be motivated to do anything […] But our findings suggest the opposite: Being happier links to more action, not less.”