“Our study shows that the common idea that ‘music makes children smarter’ is incorrect,” says Giovanni Sala, the lead author of the meta-analysis.
The differences in the attitudes and behaviors of people who get their news from social media versus traditional media held even after the study took into account such factors as scientific literacy and socio-economic differences.
The proportion of parents with children aged 2 to 12 years old who say they spank their child dropped from 50 percent in 1993 to 35 percent in 2017.
Researchers explored the link in American society between perceived necessity and something called “permissible consumption” — what we consider socially acceptable (or not) for other people to buy.
“The COVID-19 crisis is amounting to much more than a temporary stay-at-home order,” the economists say. “It is leading to tremendous economic loss, uncertainty, and insecurity. That is why birth rates will tumble.”
“We were surprised by the overall remarkable resilience in response to COVID-19,” says Martina Luchetti, the study’s lead author.
Sleeping just 90 minutes or so less than usual can have a significant impact on how quickly and accurately our brains function the next morning, according to new research from Norway.
More than eight in 10 Americans (83 percent) say that the future of the country is a significant source of stress in their lives, the surveys found.
The perceived threat posed by COVID-19 was the strongest predictor of toilet-paper hoarding. The more people felt threatened by the pandemic, the more they crammed their cupboards with toilet paper.
“If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, or are affected by another heart condition, I would strongly recommend adding tai chi to your recovery and rehabilitation,” says Ruth Taylor-Piliae, one of the study’s authors.
These findings are troubling and suggest “a critical need for COVID-19 behavioral change interventions targeted at older men,” the study’s authors conclude.
Almost half (46 percent) of American parents are experiencing a high level of stress during the pandemic, compared with 28 percent of non-parents. Pandemic-related stress is also having a disproportionate effect on communities of color.
The misinformation includes not only false statements about the disease itself — such as how it spreads and what people can do to avoid becoming infected — but also conspiracy theories and racist remarks.
“We thought that with the economic uncertainty, life might be more stressful for younger adults,” said researcher David Almedia. “But we didn’t see that. We saw more stress for people at mid-life.”
People with access to a private outdoor space reported better general health, increased psychological well-being and higher levels of physical activity.
If you want to remember this period in later years with clarity and accuracy, start keeping a written record of what you’re experiencing.
People who relied on conservative media and social media in early March for information about COVID-19 were more likely to hold inaccurate beliefs about the potential seriousness of the illness and about how to prevent it from spreading.
Parents may find this study’s results reassuring, particularly now, during the current stay-at-home days of the coronavirus pandemic, when children’s screen time and social media use has skyrocketed.
“Feeling that pressure to achieve financial goals means we’re putting ourselves to work at the cost of spending time with loved ones …,” said the study’s lead author, Deborah Ward.
Antidote to cabin fever: A new form of “victory gardens” — the small vegetable and fruit gardens planted by millions of Americans during World War I and II — appear to be making a comeback this spring.