Reading horoscopes is something that we all do from time to time, whether or not we truly believe in them. It can be fun to see what the stars have in store for you each day, and how accurate it is to your personality. However, scientists worry that they aren't as harmless as you may have thought.
Scientists at the University of South Carolina and John Hopkins University had found that when people are presented with certain readings, it can actually change how they will act. You might think that seeing a negative horoscope would cause you to make some big changes, but the researchers found that wasn't the case.
After providing participants with a negative horoscope, they watched to see how they would react. After the readings, they provided them with the option of going to a party, or going home to clean. They considered the party as the "indulgent" option, while cleaning was the "virtuous" option.
The study didn't reveal what they thought it would...
"Conventional wisdom might suggest that for people who believe they can change their fate, an unfavorable horoscope should result in an attempt to improve their fate,” researchers Hyeongmin Kim of Johns Hopkins University, Katina Kulow, and Thomas Kramer of the University of South Carolina said. “Our results showed that reading an unfavorable horoscope actually has the opposite effect on a person.”
The study revealed that people who received the bad news in their horoscopes were more likely to head to the party. The researchers suggested that it was because they believed that they had a fixed fate anyways, so they may as well enjoy their time. Those who didn't receive the bad news just continued on, living their life as normal.
Another study on the topic of horoscopes claimed that 37% of the public will read their horoscopes before making a big decision. That's a lot of people if you think about it.
The main take away from this is to remember that while horoscopes are fun to read, they shouldn't be the only thing you are basing decisions off of. You can obviously keep reading them, but remember that you are in control of your own life!