Study Finds That Sending "Positive Vibes" Does Absolutely Nothing To Alleviate Suffering
With the advent of social media we have discovered new ways of saying things that have no meaning. Such is the case with the phrase, "Sending positive vibes your way" in response to a post that someone or a group of people is facing a tragedy or some sort of trouble. This phrase became a cultural non-religious way of saying, "I would pray for you in your difficult situation, but either I don't believe in prayer, or praying sounds too quaint to me, or I don't want to offend the non-religious people by mentioning prayer. So, I am going to send you 'positive vibes' 'good energy' 'good thoughts' or something similar."
No one is exactly sure what 'positive vibes' are, or if they actually even exist. Perhaps they are the pitter-patter of unicorn feet on gumball mountains. Maybe they are the tingling sensation in your teeth after eating some super sweet cotton candy. What we do know is that although millions and millions of 'positive vibes' have supposedly been sent, no one has ever posted that they received the positive vibes or that positiv vibes actually helped their situation.
Scientists at Northwest Connecticut State University have been studying 'positive vibes' for about 3 years. Dr. Brian Wilson says of the research, "We've got nothing. It would be easier to find proof that most young people need a college degree than that there is anything to the 'positive vibe' movement. Honestly, we believe it is a hoax. There is no proof that a single positive vibe has ever been sent, or that any peace or comfort was derived upon receipt of a 'positive vibe.' We thought we had one early on in the study, but that was just a text message coming in on one of our cell phones."
Wilson does see a correlation between the rise of 'positive vibes' and the drop off of prayer. "It used to be that whenever there was a calamity people would change their profile picture to 'Pray For Orlando' or whatever. But that has tapered off, and the more we see 'positive vibes', the less we see prayers."