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The Stress of Making the Right Choice
  • Study finds that overthinking decisions leads to mental distress.
  • There are two categories of decision making: assessment-oriented (when you consider every aspect), and locomotion-oriented (quick and light-hearted).
  • It was found that people who are usually in assessment-oriented mode are more easily distressed.
  • Thus, researchers suggest that simple everyday decisions are best made quickly, and without overthinking.
  • The assessment-oriented style should be reserved for major, life-changing, high-stakes decisions.

Quitting alcohol may improve mental well-being, health-related quality of life
  • Men and women who never drink alcohol have the highest level of mental well-being, according to new study.
  • It is apparent even after adjusting for sociodemographic characteristics, body mass index, smoking status and other factors.
  • The study was based on data from 10,386 people in Hong Kong, and compared with data from 31,079 people in the United States.
  • Study author says that alcohol consumption is rising, and these findings suggest that we should quit alcohol altogether - and not just drink in moderation - to improve our lives.

Aggressive Video Games are Not a Risk Factor for Future Aggressionin Youth: A Longitudinal Study
  • According to a 2-year study of 3034 young people in Singapore, aggressive video games are not related to aggressive or anti-social behavioral outcomes.
  • It would take 27 hours / day of M-rated game play to produce clinically noticeable changes in aggression.
  • The overall conclusion is that violent video games are not a predictor of reduced pro social behavior or aggression.
  • Researchers avoided questionable practices and unstandardized outcome assessments, making this one of the most thorough studies on the topic to date.
  • Study authors hope that these findings will enrich the discussion about the effects of video games on youth.

Study: Adult ADHD symptoms play important role in hypersexuality and problematic pornography use
  • Hypersexuality and problematic pornography use could be a symptom of ADHD - however, causality can’t be inferred from the study.
  • But it's still a signal that hypersexuality might be a surface-level symptom of deeper problems.
  • This conclusion comes from an anonymous survey of 14,043 individuals (women = 30.2%) aged 18 to 76.
  • The higher the level of ADHD symptoms, the higher the level of hypersexuality in surveyed group.
  • ADHD symptoms were mainly associated with problematic pornography use in men, and less in women who engage in romantic or casual sexual behaviours instead.

Couples who communicate more about sex tend to have better sex, study finds
  • An article published in the journal of Sex Research suggests that partners who talk more about sexual topics have better sexual functioning.
  • The research included 12,145 participants from 148 previous studies.
  • It was observed that the sexual desire of the women is strongly linked to the sexual communication she has with her partner.
  • Similarly, sexual communication and sexual function were more intense in married couples.
  • The authors pointed out that the research presented several limitations and did not explain why sexual functioning and sexual communication were related.