Study Says Guys Who Love Batman Feel Better About Their Own Bodies
Sometimes it pays to be a comic fan! A study done by a graduate student at the University at Buffalo in New York concluded that men who identified with Bruce Wayne and Batman, as well as Spider-Man and Superman felt better about their own bodies than those who weren’t fans of the comic book characters. Keep reading to find out how this was concluded.
Here’s how the study went down: 100 male college students were asked to look at photos of Batman and Spider-Man. Both sets of images had been slightly tweaked to show each superhero as a muscular titan and a 98-pound weakling. After requesting the subjects to pour over the aforementioned pictures, researchers discovered that those who felt a kinship with Batman and/or Spider-Man tended to feel better about their own bodies. Those who didn’t feel a connection, meanwhile, reported that they felt bad about themselves. However, these negative feelings subsided a bit when they saw Batman portrayed as a scrawny guy in a cape.