A new research paper suggests people dislike baby turtles, and the researchers argue that this dislike has an impact on how we behave towards animals in general.
In a nutshell, the researchers found that people who said they had a bad experience with a baby turtle were more likely to express dislike towards babies in general and dislike of baby turtles in particular.
“A lot of people have negative attitudes towards babies and want to avoid them in public,” Dr. Rebecca Jost, a researcher at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) Vancouver campus, said in a press release.
“This negative attitude is often linked to poor behaviour, including aggression, or in some cases, poor judgement, which can lead to negative outcomes.”
The research looked at data from 1,000 people from across the country who responded to a questionnaire that asked them about their experiences with baby turtles.
Participants were then asked whether they had experienced negative feelings towards baby turtles over the past year.
The results were published today in the journal PLOS ONE.
The researchers found the negative attitudes people had towards baby turtle could be linked to negative behaviours and experiences, such as poor judgement.
For example, people who reported a negative experience with baby turtle in the past 12 months were more than three times more likely than people who had not experienced any negative experiences to express a dislike for baby turtles compared to people who didn’t report any negative experience.
Similarly, people in the top 10 percent of the income distribution were more inclined to have negative feelings about baby turtles than those in the bottom 10 percent.
While this finding may sound counterintuitive, Jost said the results were surprising.
“There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that people dislike babies and turtles, but this study was the first one that really looks at the full picture,” Jost told CBC News.
“We wanted to see if this was a more systematic phenomenon.”
The study also found that a lot more people were unhappy with the way their experiences had been.
People who said their experience had been bad were almost twice as likely to have reported having a negative response to baby turtles as people who did not have negative experiences.
“This was particularly surprising given the fact that the majority of people had experienced a negative outcome in the first place,” Jast said.
“People with negative experiences tend to have less positive feelings towards babies than people with positive experiences.
This was a really good result, and it could have been a consequence of people’s own poor attitudes towards baby and turtle, or perhaps it could be something that was happening because of a cultural misunderstanding of baby and turtles.”
The researchers said that this finding shows people have an ingrained fear of babies and turtle.
“I think it’s really important to acknowledge that people are not necessarily bad people, that’s not what’s driving them,” Jould said.
“They might have feelings about these animals, but I think it comes down to their fear of them.
We’ve seen a lot over the last few years that people fear snakes and spiders, so people have a lot to fear from baby turtles.”
In the future, the research team hopes to examine how people respond to negative experiences with other animals, such to tigers.