Science confirms that Guys who like energy drinks are not macho, but terrible!
Trying to decide on the perfect guy? There could be a small sign that may indicate whether this guy is the perfect one or whether you should walk away quickly. If he orders Red Bull or any other energy drink with an alcoholic beverage like vodka, you may want reconsider this person. Andthe guys who like energy drinks may want to read this.
A recent study published in the journal ‘Health Psychology’ states that men who hold stereotypical beliefs about masculinity, homophobic and misogynistic views included, are more inclined towards energy drinks.It could be due to ‘A misguided belief that slurping on that Amp Energy, tall boys could up their macho appeal’.
1 The study
The study was compiled after surveying more than 467 adult men between the ages of 18 and 62;the average age was marked at 23. Researchers proposed that men who were more likely to be inclined towards stereotypical beliefs of masculinity, for example who agreed that ‘a man should be the boss’, ‘men should watch action movies over reading sappy romances’ or that ‘Homosexuality was contre la nature’, believed in masculinity of Rock Star or other drinks.
The underlying point here is about the wrong belief that energy drinks will allow you to perform the ultimate masculine acts that will make you alluring and irresistible to all the dames out there. Lead study author Ronald Levant, a psychology professor at the University of Akron, was reported saying, “I think the message men are getting is that if you’re a young, white heterosexual male, energy drinks are for you”.
If you care to observe and analyze any prototypical energy drink ad, you will find a young white man engaged in a very masculine and extreme sport with an attractive female fawning over him in the frame.
2 Are all guys who like energy drinks trying to prove their masculinity?
Of course, there would be a huge chunk of older men too who are fond of energy drinks but they are far from the stereotypically masculine-energy drink connection. This could be credited to their maturity and achievements-both professional and personal. Levant explained, “They no longer wonder whether they’re masculine enough, or they wonder less, and they therefore have less need to prove it”.
The study had its limitations though. Most noteworthy being that the survey was conducted among a largely homogenous group made up of white, heterosexual college men.
3 Who is to be blamed?
The report shows that the American society should partly hold blame for these misguided young adults. Young boys are indirectly or directly pushed into the ‘ideal macho man’ mould and we force them to fit in. We try to conform to certain ideas of men such as being aggressive, self-reliant and stoic. Hence, the outcome is not surprising when they turn out into misguided adults with pseudo masculine ideology.
4 Negative impact
FDA doesn’t need to specify the amount of caffeine energy drinks contain; we are well aware about the ranging caffeine amount from moderate to high that could physically harm us along with messing with male insecurities.”These kids have no idea how much caffeine they’re consuming,” Levant said.
Too much caffeine can do serious harm. Drinking just a single 16-ounce Rockstar energy drink caused raise in blood pressure and stress hormones among healthy adults as per a report in ‘Journal of the American Medical Association’, Authored by Dr. Anna Svatikova. She noted that, “The stress hormone responses may potentially increase even further, leading to higher risk of cardiovascular events”.
These findings could also be similar for young people who mix energy drinks with alcohol, tobacco or recreational drugs. Spiking energy drinks can be fatal, so people should be cautious while consuming energy drinks.
To conclude guys who like energy drinks, keep the consumption to a bare minimum and do not get carried away with ideas that energy drinks make you super attractive. And with this news, girls may even be more cautious, so take care out there!