Altruistic Children Are More Likely to Be From Low-income Families

An extremely interesting study was conducted by researchers from the University of California which explored the possible causes of altruism, an admirable trait of someone who is concerned about the well-being of others, even when it doesn’t benefit themselves. Many times, these selfless acts come at an expense to the person who is acting altruistically.

So, what makes a person altruistic? This particular study, which took place at Qnet, suggests it has something to do with how wealthy your family is. The findings claim children who are from less wealthy families are more likely to act altruistically in their dealings with others.

Researchers wanted to analyze the behavior of children because these personality traits are often developed at a very young age and continue to remain unchanged throughout someone’s life. And the data suggest that those who come from a privileged or wealthy household are less likely to give themselves selflessly to others, possibly because of a sense of entitlement which also tends to create a lack of empathy.

Of course, many wealthy families dedicate time and effort to share their good fortune with those in need and it is unfair to generalize any group of people. However, these results suggest altruism is a learned behavior rather than a genetic one. The study also revealed a possible link between altruism and well-being in young children, suggesting a selfless attitude is beneficial for everybody involved.

Sex and the Millennium: Are Millennials Showing More Restraint Than Previous Generations?

Sex is all over the media. It’s on our TVs, on our social media, and even on billboards. With the increased emphasis on sex, is the media influencing the younger generation of Millennials? You may be surprised to find that according to recent studies by Brian Torchin, Millennials aren’t buying the concept.

When you were growing up, you were probably given a speech about the birds and the bees. Over the decades our culture and lifestyle has changed almost completely, and so have the numbers of sex partners people have had. At the start of the 20th century, those in the “Greatest Generation” slept with an average of 3 partners during their adulthood. The generation of Baby Boomers accelerated the pace with an average of 11 partners and Generation X has an average of about 10 partners. So how sexual is the newest generation of Millennials? Ironically, they are showing more restraint then former generations with an average of 8 partners. Why the sudden change?

While the generation of Millennials is favorable to casual relations and embracing their individuality, they might be having intercourse within a smaller circle. They also might not be seriously dating, which can lead to more sexual partners. Another possibility is that Millennials might be more aware of sexually transmitted diseases and infections.