Botox’s Anti-Emo Side Effects
File under “when Onion headlines become a reality,” a new study has come out showing that Botox injections might actually dampen people’s emotions. In the journal Emotions, Barnard researchers write that people with Botox “exhibited an overall significant decrease in the strength of emotional experience” after being shown videos that tugged at their heartstrings.
That facial expressions—furrowed brow, heavy-lidded eyes, scrunched-up nose—deepen our experience of our feelings is obvious to anyone who has ever had to try a little to get their cry on. Sometimes just making cryface is enough to bring on the tears, right? Right.
In the new study, participants who received Botox injections self-reported less emotional response … and as a result, did not feel their emotions quite as deeply as their counterparts who received treatment with a wrinkle filler called Restylane.
Now don’t go thinking this means Restylane gets a pass.
What’s your take?