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People with tattoos more reckless, impulsive, study finds

Steven Adams
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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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