Sports make you miserable
Science has confirmed something long known by sports fans: following a team is agony, reports The Washington Post. Using 3 million responses to a happiness monitoring app and three seasons’ worth of results from British soccer matches, researchers in the U.K. calculated that the joy fans feel when their team wins is outweighed—2 to 1—by the misery they suffer when the team loses. The happiness app pinged 32,000 people several times a day and asked them to rate how happy they were on a 100-point scale and what they were doing, and also noted their location. Fans’ happiness jumped about 3.9 points when their local team won, about the same boost they got from listening to music. Following a loss, their happiness scores fell by 7.8 points. Researchers say these “quite dramatic” effects add up over time and are more pronounced among those who attend matches or expect their teams to win. They note their findings may overlook other perks that sports fans enjoy, including camaraderie and a love for the game.