Saturday, December 1, 2018

Is fragile masculinity related to voting preferences in the US?

The tentative answer appears to be that it might be. Regions where search terms associated with fragile masculinity (e.g., "erectile dysfunction", "how to get girls") appeared to be ones that also voted for Trump by higher margins in 2016. The pattern does not seem to apply to prior Presidential cycles (2008, 2012). The authors also conducted a preregistered study examining if this pattern could be extended to Congressional electoral cycles and it appears that at least for the 2018 cycle the answer is tentatively yes. This is correlational research, and the authors don't try to make causal claims, which is to their credit. What to make of this set of findings? I am not really sure yet. File this one under curiosities.

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