Recent research has shown that people over the age of 51 are more likely to avoid uncovering bad news than younger people. This is especially the case if the news was to have an emotional impact on them. 

2,000 people were asked to indicate if they would want to know the results of more than 10 different scenarios. These scenarios included finding out how faithful their partner is, the date of their own death, how likely they are to succumb to a genetic disease, and how much their colleagues are paid.

The results of the survey showed that the older the participants were, the more likely they were to avoid uncovering something that would result in an emotional reaction. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

The results of the survey found that most people aged 51 and over would prefer not to know how faithful their partner is, the date of their own death, etc. One theory behind this is that adults in this age bracket could find that due to their shorter life expectancy, they would not find this information helpful. The largest difference between the younger and older age groups was the desire to find out about health-related issues.

It is thought that this may be because when we see our future as being more limited we tend to focus on the present a little more. This means that being emotionally satisfied is a higher priority. 

While work still needs to be done to determine the influences on all of the results, it’s clear that the more uncertain our future is, the more likely we are to deliberately avoid hearing bad news.

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm on weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer, you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk