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Do Hot Climates Make People More Violent?

Do hot climates make people more violent? New research suggests that hot climates make people more agitated and aggressive. The team of researchers believe that hot climates and less changes in seasonal temperatures lead to a faster life plan, less focus on the future, and less self-control. These factors contribute to more aggression and violence in people’s lives.


Brad Bushman, communications professor at  Ohio State University explains that, “Climates shape how people live, it affects the culture in ways that we don’t think about in our daily lives.”


Another possibility, according to the Routine Activity Theory, is that people are outdoors and interacting more with others when the weather is warm. This could lead to more opportunities for conflict.


Multiple graphs and data show the comparisons from countries with hotter climates, to ones with lower temperatures. According to recent data, there are 26 homicides per 100,000 people in Central America and 18 per 100,000 in Middle Africa. This is compared to 5 per 100,000 in Europe, and Northern America. These are just some of the numbers that back up the research. But I have one question for you…

Do you feel upset or angry when it’s hotter outside?


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