Wednesday Waste: How to cope with a Break-Up?

Wednesday Waste | March 7, 2012

Is breaking up hard? Yes, question answered. But its not answered according to two researchers’ at the University of Arizona. Specifically, they are concerned with how you cope post break-up, and how long it takes for you to “move on.” Lauren Lee and David Sbarra are conducting a study of students who recently ended a 6-month or longer relationship within the last 6 weeks.  By having these students fill out surveys and questionnaires, they can gauge if contact with that ex, in person or through social media, pro-long the so-called recovery period.

If you are saying, yes it prolongs the recovery period, then you would be in the majority of people who have common sense. The National Science Foundation and National Institute of Health however, are not. They have awarded the researchers grants totaling $285,150 dollars to conduct their study, ending in December of 2012.

The study is a near follow-up to Sbarra’s 2005 study, which found that continued contact with an ex could stall emotional progress and or alter his/her feelings toward love. The current study is pointedly asking, why this contact may affect coping with a breakup. Lee says, “You continue to go to coffee with them, you continue to go to club meetings with them, you continue to have sex with them…all of these things are associated with worse adjustment in the long term,” but the why is the purpose of the study.

The National Science Foundation conducts hundreds upon hundreds of studies each year. While research is a critical part to our economic model and has yielded every day wonders, such as Velcro, zippers, touch screen devices and more, certain items are in the realm of wasteful spending. The above study is not the only example of the NSF finding itself in hot water because of possible wasteful spending. In May, 2011, Sen. Tom Coburn released a report detailing $3 billion dollars of wasteful projects or duplication of other agency functions. One such highly publicized project studied the difference between the exercise of sick shrimp and healthy shrimp, prompting one researcher to comment, “this is the first time shrimp have ever been exercised on a treadmill.”

With the NSF receiving a 3% increase in the President’s budget according to The Antarctic Sun, bringing its total budget to $7.3 billion dollars, it is without a doubt that some projects will be on obscure topics. Responding to the May article Dana Topovsis, spokesman for the NSF, commented,” We believe that no other funding agency in the world comes close to NSF for giving taxpayers the best return on their investment.”

Hopefully the NSF and NIH will bring us better ways to cope with break ups in the future…and possibly better exercise methods for sick shrimp.

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