A pattern in with which I do not fit, having barely survived to 21 with my bits intact.
Modern men are less sensation seeking than they used to be, according to new research.
The St Andrews University study claimed today’s men were less willing to take on physically challenging activities.
In the 1970s, men were more likely than women to say they would try things like parachuting or mountaineering, it said.
The report, published in the journal Scientific Reports, said men’s thrill-seeking scores were now more in line with the average female.
‘Thrill seeking behavior’ being practically a synonym for poor impulse control, it seemed natural to wonder whether fewer people jumping out of perfectly good planes* could have something to do with the striking link between lead poisoning and violence. A quick websurf of relevant studies turned up two points of interest concerning dudes acting more like the womenfolk. One, other fetal challenges like cocaine can cause selectively intense impulse control problems in men, and two, lead toxicity does seem to have gender-specific effects on gene expression in the human brain.
If my hunch is right then I would score this as bad news for the skydiving industry, good news for most of the rest of us.
(*) To be fair, I did go skydiving once. From what I saw of the plane I was better off in a parachute.