A recent study from all 50 states found that implicit bias—a subconscious negative attitude—against older people was most prevalent in the country’s southeastern states, including New Jersey, the Carolinas and Florida.  The findings were based on responses of 803K people ages 15-94 who completed a test involving photos of young and old people and words associated with those images.  Unfortunately, California didn’t score well, scoring two out of five on a 1-5 scale where 1 is the most biased. Authors of another study which was published in November found that survey respondents who were more hostile toward older people and considered them to be a drain on the economy and health-care system washed their hands less and didn’t believe in social distancing.



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