An interesting philosophical observation from Michigan football star Taylor Lewan:

“If you don’t talk about pain, it will go away”

The man — a 6-foot 8-inch, 308 lb. lineman renowned for playing through injuries — knows whereof he speaks.

What about the inverse? That if you do talk about pain, then you will have it!

This morning (still thinking about Lewan’s observation) I saw apparent confirmation of that in a psychological study about the nocebo effect:

After watching the videos [a misleading “documentary” about the dangers of WiFi], subjects put on headband-mounted antennas. They were told that the researchers were testing a “new kind of WiFi,” and that once the signal started they should carefully monitor any symptoms in their bodies. Then the researchers left the room. For 15 minutes, the subjects watched a WiFi symbol flash on a laptop screen.

In reality, there was no WiFi switched on during the experiment, and the headband antenna was a sham. Yet 82 of the 147 subjects—more than half—reported symptoms. Two even asked for the experiment to be stopped early because the effects were too severe to stand.

Witthöft says he expected to see a greater effect in people who had watched the frightening documentary. This wasn’t the case overall. Instead, the movie mainly increased symptoms in subjects who described themselves beforehand as more anxious.

“It suggests that sensational media reports especially in combination with personality factors (in this case anxiety) increase the likelihood for symptom reports,” Witthöft says.

Plenty of symptoms were reported without the sensationalist TV show, though. The antenna on the head, the researchers’ allusion to a “new kind of WiFi,” and the instructions to monitor their bodies closely were enough to trigger symptoms in many people who watched the other video.

Well, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. By now I am sure that over half the people who read this post are starting to have symptoms.

Did you know that according to top experts, people who are sitting on chairs while looking at computer monitor screens for more than a few minutes may become unaware of the intense pressure caused by chairs on their pelvic nerves, but that only those who stop and monitor their bodies closely can tune in to the serious nerve damage they are experiencing.

In other words, science has confirmed that being online — even for moderate periods of time — can be a pain in the ass!