I’m hot – so don’t bother me
WARM weather makes us feel distinctly frosty towards our fellow humans, according to new research.
As the mercury rises, men and women become less sociable and less inclined to help others, scientists have found.
In fact, the hotter it is, the more drastic the drop in the number of people prepared to offer their assistance.
In one experiment, a 5°C rise in temperature led to a 50% drop in willingness to help.
One theory behind the research is that we have evolved to be more selfish in order to preserve our own energy resources during periods of excess heat.
The research, published in the European Journal of Psychology, involved several experiments to assess the affects of heat on human-social behaviour.
One involved subjects being told that a non-profit organisation serving children and the underprivileged wanted help with a survey.
Half were located in a room where the temperature was 26.7°C, and the others, where it was 20.6°C.
The subjects in the warmer room answered significantly fewer questions than those in the cooler room.
Just 63.9% of those in the hot room helped by answering at least one question, compared to 94.6% in the cooler room.