In the days of Occupy Wallstreet, it seems appropriate that a new study published in Administrative Science Quarterly about the occupational hazards of investment banking has caught the attention of the news media. Recently the Wall Street Journal featured an article, “Hazard of the Trade: Bankers’ Health” by Leslie Kwoh, referencing the research of that study about the stress, long work hours and health risks that can come from being a Wall Street banker.
The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC and others took notice of the Wall Street Journal article and cited the same ASQ research in further articles. This intriguing study followed two dozen young investment bankers over a 10 year period, averaging a work schedule of 80 to 120 hours a week. Overtime researchers found the investment bankers followed in the study had an increased risk for serious health issues such as alcoholism, arthritis and Crohn’s disease.
In addition to Administrative Science Quarterly making headlines, the journal Psychological Science published a new study about Facebook that has garnered some attention as well. Recently Time posted an article, “Your Negative Status Updates Rub People the Wrong Way, Apparently” by Graeme McMillian about the social networking site and how people with low self-esteem may actually be making themselves less likable to others based on the status updates they are posting. The study also caught the attention of Live Science, Huffington Post and others who have referenced the findings from the study in articles online. Wonder why researchers believe Facebook may be affecting your mental health or want to learn more about why investment bankers are prone to such serious health problems? Make sure to click on both links above to find out more about these fascinating studies.
Other top media mentions for the month:
- “How sniffing rosemary could boost your brain power,” by Julian Gavaghan – The Daily Mail
- “Meat Eaters Downplay Animal Minds,” by Art Markman – Psychology Today
- “Study: Love Hurts More than Work,” by Rachel Emma Silverman – Wall Street Journal
- “Keeping the Faith in Partner’s Efforts Can Improve Relationships,” by Rick Nauert – Psych Central
- “Skinny Celebrities May Make Us Feel Better About Ourselves, New Study Shows,” by Ellie Krupnick – Huffington Post
Article by Katie O’Brien, SAGE Media & Social Media Monitoring