A New Study on Empathy
They’ve done it again; scientists have done a study showing that after taking Amesetapenaman… Aphenemanaspa…oh hell, after you take Tylenol you are less empathetic. I learned this today on the 11 o’clock news in a 13 second story that the station was promoting for about four hours.
“Tylenol will make you a nasty bastard! News at eleven.”
This begs the question, “Who gives a flying fig?”
Apparently scientists do, because they spent a lot of money, probably our money, to make this great discovery.
How they came to this conclusion was not explained on the 13 second news clip I just saw. What I am supposed to do with this information was also not explained.
How did they even make this determination? I guess they showed people pictures of a dead puppy and measured the volume of their “Aww.” Then they gave them some Tylenol and after an hour showed them another picture of a dead puppy. Their collective “Aww’s” were several decibels lower.
Obviously this proves that taking Tylenol lessens your feelings of empathy so if you take Tylenol, don’t look at pictures of dead puppies or people will think you are a cold hearted prick.
So what am I to do with this information?
“Did you just break up with your girlfriend of 8 years? I don’t really care, but of course I just took a Tylenol so pay no attention to my non-empathetic response.”
Maybe if I have a headache and know I am liable to hear some bad news I should delay the Tylenol relief until I can show proper concern for something sad.
Great information experts and scientists; money and years of higher education well spent. If you take Tylenol you will be less empathetic. Perhaps you should think twice before taking Tylenol.
Maybe this study proves that if you are in pain you are more empathetic than when you are not in pain and taking Tylenol works for lessening pain. They did not address this possibility on the 13 second news clip.
Either way, I don’t really care.