"Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown."Wow. A study has SHOWN that cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity. I'm interested! Please say more...
Academics asked nearly 1,500 people with an average age of 71 to fill out a questionnaire to measure their levels of cynicism.
They were asked how much they agreed with statements such as “I think most people would lie to get ahead”, “it is safer to trust nobody” and “most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it.”So having common sense and believing in original sin will turn you crazy, eh? Let's read on....
Those taking part were monitored for eight years, during which time 46 of them were diagnosed with dementia.Well, 46 out of 1500 ain't bad. I'm liking my chances!!
Of the 164 people with high levels of cynicism, 14 people developed dementia, compared with nine of the 212 people with low levels of cynicism.14 out of 164 out of 1500?? Compared to nine out of 212 out of 1500??? [Why write out 'nine' instead of using the numeral '9' when all the other numbers are expressed as numerals?] So FIVE more people in the cynical group developed dementia. How do the moderately cynical fair, I wonder? How about a healthy dose of cynicism? I'm REALLY liking my chances!
The last sentence of the article doesn't exactly reflect the first sentence:
Dr. Doug Brown, of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “While this research attempts to make a link between higher levels of cynical distrust and risk of dementia, there were far too few people in this study that actually developed dementia to be able to draw any firm conclusions.WHY did I waste me time reading this article? And why did YOU waste your time reading this blog post?