In news that neither shocks nor surprises, a new study has found people who refuse to wear mask are more likely to possess sociopathic traits.
The study—conducted by Brazil’s State University of Londrina—found that those who reported ‘anti-social traits’ are less likely to follow COVID-19 health protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. They are also more likely to be 5G conspiracists and complete dickheads*. The test carried out by the University involved 1,578 adults who were asked about their compliance surrounding coronavirus safety practices. Those showing signs of ‘anti-social traits,’ such as low levels of empathy, deceitfulness, narcissism, risk-taking, and callousness, were more likely to not wear masks and go about their business as if the world wasn’t in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
‘These traits explain, at least partially, the reason why people continue not adhering to the containment measures even with the increasing numbers of cases and deaths,’ the report’s authors wrote. The survey was conducted over 15 weeks during the pandemic, from March 21 to June 29, with those involved asked questions about how often they washed their hands, whether they social distanced and if they thought it necessary to wear a facemask. All up, the participants were asked 220 questions, with the results also assessing their ‘maladaptive personality traits.’ According to the study, exposing oneself and others to risk, even when it can be avoided, is ‘a typical trait for people with antisocial tendencies, and with low levels of empathy.’
While the results certainly make it clear people who don’t take precautions are dickheads, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are murdering sociopaths. Speaking with The Times, professor Fabiano Koich Miguel said the finding should be carefully discussed. ‘We cannot state that if a person chooses not to wear a facemask, the only reason is because they are a sociopath,’ he said. ‘Although this is possible, there are likely other factors involved.’
These results come after a study in Poland found similar results, with researchers discovering people with psychopathic and narcissistic personality traits are more likely to ignore coronavirus safety protocols. The study also found these types of people are more likely to be hoarders, so you know who to blame when the toilet paper aisle is cleaned out.
*This is unconfirmed.