Younger People Can’t Read Wrinkled Emotions

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Usually the things that frustrate us about the younger generation are their lack of knowledge of classic television shows and movie and the fact that they don’t know how good they’ve got it nowadays. But this new study just goes to show us that there’s an even bigger problem at work.

The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology recently revealed that younger people have a harder time determining facial expressions on those with wrinkles. That’s because young adults interpret signs of aging like wrinkles as actual expressions, causing them to misinterpret them.

During the study, researchers showed 65 college students black and white images of young and old people displaying different emotions—neutral, happy, sad or angry. They were then asked to rate the emotions on a scale of one to seven, or “not at all intense” to “very intense.”

What they found was that the students rated the facial expressions of the elderly differently than those of a younger person. The neutral face was rated as more intense when the image was of an elderly person. 

But before you rush out for wrinkle-smoothing injections, just know that they may not solve the problem. That’s because neurotoxins like Botox and Dysport can also limit facial expressions. That’s why it’s important to always see a board-certified doctor to get the best results.

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