A mask is not a political statement. It's an IQ test.
— John Lundin 🌊 (@johnlundin) June 24, 2020
Hard to argue with this take.
This Gallup poll from April shows 42% with a HS education or less as saying they have never worn a mask in the past week, vs. just 20% of those with college or postgrad degrees.
It also certainly tallies with my observations here and would also tally with common sense, as it was obvious that they work since around March at the latest.
While there were some intelligent critics of the lockdowns, almost all the anti-masks people I can recall commenting here were barely literate blathering about Bill Gates’ chips and linking to weird YouTube videos.
> tfw when no latina floomer gf
Trump’s remaining supporters be likepic.twitter.com/VW6amKLvfZ
— Richard 🌞 Spencer (@RichardBSpencer) June 26, 2020
“I knew that traits from the so-called Dark Triad (narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy) as well as the traits subsumed within psychopathy are linked to health risk behavior and health problems, and I expected them to be implicated in health behaviors during the pandemic. There is also prior research suggesting that people high on the Dark Triad traits may knowingly and even deliberately put other people’s health at risk, e.g., by engaging in risky sexual behavior and not telling their partner about having HIV or STIs,” Blagov told PsyPost. …
Blagov found that lower levels of agreeableness and conscientiousness were associated with a reduced likelihood of endorsing health recommendations related to social distancing and hygiene. In other words, people who were less sympathetic/cooperative and people who were less responsible/organized were less likely to engage in preventative measures.
In addition, people who scored higher on the psychopathic subtraits of meanness and disinhibition tended to show less interest in social distancing and hygiene. Meanness and disinhibition also predicted the endorsement of behavior that puts others at risk of infection, such as touching or sneezing on high-use surfaces in public. Disinhibition reflects poor impulse control, while meanness describes the lack of regard for others.
“People scoring high on these traits tended to claim that, if they had COVID-19, they might knowingly or deliberately expose others to it,” Blagov told PsyPost.
“One potential implication from this research is that there may be a minority of people with particular personality styles (on the narcissism and psychopathy spectrum) that have a disproportionate impact on the pandemic by failing to protect themselves and others.”
This also tallies with my observations. The more aggressive floomer types do generally tend to be disagreeable people (to put it diplomatically).
And common sense. While there are perfectly rational costs/benefits arguments against, say, lockdowns, wearing a mask is so easy, cheap, and trivial that it does make sense that aggressive signaling against it would elevated psychopathy levels, on average.
On a practical note, I do wonder to what extent this might explain in East Asian success at containing Corona, vs. failure in most of the rest of the world.
From Richard Lynn’s comprehensive overview, we know that psychopathy levels follow Rushton’s classic r/K schema, where Northeast Asians > Europeans > other races.