I dunno. Maybe what the world needs is fewer scientists and more plumbers, but…

It seems to me an awful lot of these published research studies point out in great detail things anybody could have told the researchers.

Can’t touch this: The psychological effects of functional intimacy

From the introduction:

“Functional intimacy induces discomfort, making people prefer greater social distance from their interaction partner,” said Fishbach. “Whereas intimacy for relational goals typically increases well-being and deepens social connection, intimacy for functional goals seems to produce discomfort and instead result in social distancing.”

For example, if you are being willingly touched by a romantic partner, you are likely to react positively and enjoy the experience. You are also more likely to socialize, since the intimacy you experience together is a result of your emotional closeness.

On the other hand, if you are being touched by a security guard at the airport, you do not have any sort of emotional connection or history to share.

“Submitting yourself to being ‘intimately groped’ by strangers at airport security is at odds with normal human emotion,” Fishbach said. Therefore, in an act of discomfort, you are more likely to recoil, divert your eyes and experience visibly negative emotions.

The study presents a novel point of view for both service providers and service recipients.

No, it doesn’t. It states the bloody obvious.

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Of course I’m one of those people who can’t receive a massage from a stranger, even one I’m pretty sure isn’t going to try to kill me, so I’m probably not in the study’s target audience. But still every time I encounter one of these I can’t help wondering who pretended to be convinced that this is real research, and whose extorted money paid for it.

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3 Responses to I dunno. Maybe what the world needs is fewer scientists and more plumbers, but…

  1. Kentucky says:

    While the study may have been well-intended and did produce some accurate, if obvious results, it was OK until they had to wrap up with “The study presents a novel point of view for both service providers and service recipients”. Sort of “HEY, this justifies the forty gazillion dollars we just spent”.

    Let’s see if we can come up with a study to prove some absolutely obvious something or other.

    “It hurts when you hit your thumb with a hammer, explained and documented!”

    Others?

    😉

  2. Ben says:

    Actually, under the old “publish or perish” rule, most published studies come out of academia. Almost always the actual work is done by grad students, but the big-name professor gets the credit. As for financing, they take it wherever they can get it. Some of the most questionable studies are actually financed by whatever industry stands to benefit from the predetermined conclusion.

  3. Robert says:

    So, TSA groping is not equal to some good lovin’? Huh. Whodathunkit?

To the stake with the heretic!