The quintessential woman.
Women are computer-like devices that mirror the larger data set fed to them, and the media is constantly feeding them.
Men, on the other hand, are human beings.
Surprisingly, a new study finds gender is a more accurate predictor of COVID-19 conspiracy beliefs than political affiliation. Researchers from the University of Delaware say that men are more likely than women to endorse and spread COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
Unfounded claims regarding the coronavirus are everywhere these days. Moreover, just like everything else in 2020, the vast majority of these conspiracies come with a political twist. For instance, one theory among some radical conservative circles is the assertion that COVID-19 is being blown out of proportion to sabotage President Trump’s chances in the upcoming 2020 election. Other, more fringe conspiracies include nefarious global cabals, Chinese labs, and even Dr. Anthony Fauci.
So, it’s clear that politics are at least somewhat involved in the coronavirus conspiracy theory surge. Moreover, the results of an earlier study by UD researchers backs up that notion. In that study, professor Joanne Miller concluded that Republicans are more likely than Democrats to believe coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Now, however, professor Miller’s latest research finds that gender trumps even political beliefs.
Study Finds states that “it’s clear that politics are at least somewhat involved in the coronavirus conspiracy theory surge” and that this research “finds that gender trumps even political beliefs.”
They have it backwards. Gender plays a bigger role than politics here because politics is mostly a consequence of testosterone levels, and normally, gender determines testosterone levels.
Pictured: modern gender dynamics in a nutshell.
Testosterone makes men more willing to take risks and do stuff. Men with healthy testosterone levels are not going to go along with the government taking all of their rights under the pretense of keeping them safe, because they want to decide what risks to take.
“During a global pandemic, it’s kind of the perfect storm of uncertainty,” professor Miller says in a release. “And so when we feel a lack of control, uncertainty or powerlessness, we seek out explanations for why the event occurred that’s causing us to feel that way. What this can do is it can lead us to connect dots that shouldn’t be connected because we’re trying to seek out answers. And sometimes those answers are conspiracy theories.”
As far as why men are believing coronavirus conspiracies more than women, the research team point to two “dispositional factors.” The first is “learned helplessness,” or the feeling that everything is out of one’s control. The second factor is “conspiratorial thinking,” or the tendency to automatically view major events, political occurrences, or problems as a part of some larger plot.
Among the two traits, researchers say learned helplessness is of particular importance to these findings.
“What we’re finding in this research is that men are more likely to score higher on learned helplessness,” professor Miller comments. “And that might be a boost that’s happening just as a result of the pandemic itself, that they’re feeling more of this because they can’t control what’s going on right now. That leads to these beliefs that, well, maybe there’s a secret group of people controlling these things behind the scenes.”
Yes, you should not connect dots, goy. Dots are all unrelated, and when they don’t appear to be unrelated, it’s because of a coincidence.
If you believe otherwise, you’re a conspiracy theorist.
There are no groups of powerful people orchestrating events behind the scenes, because powerful people just don’t care about strategies to protect and increase their power. They’re just randomly powerful.
Also, political events are all random.