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People with tattoos more reckless, impulsive, study finds

Steven Adams

Tattoos appear to go hand in hand with recklessness and impulsivity.

People with visible tattoos are more likely to be reckless and impulsive than those without ink, according to a new study reported by the Daily Mail.

The study by economists from McMaster University in Canada of more than 1,000 people looked at long-term decision making.

The study employed a monetary game often used by researchers to assess long-term planning ability.

Non-tattooed people made the wiser economic choice earlier in the game, according to the Daily Mail.

They also discovered that, as a result of these poorly considered decisions, people with tats are likely to not consider the full scope of their actions, the Daily Mail reported.

About a third of all adults between the ages of 18 and 29 have at least one tattoo, the Daily Mail reports.

The economists asked why people would willingly “affix a visible stigma to one’s identity.”

“I’m an economist. From an economic perspective this decision to have a tattoo is puzzling,” Bradley Ruffle from McMaster University reportedly told the Times.

“Tattoos are about making some kind of statement. But why not just dye your hair or get a personalized T-shirt you can remove?”

Read more details about the study.

Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].

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