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Researchers from Ohio State University found that acetaminophen, a common ingredient used in popular pain relief medications like Tylenol, may be making you less empathetic towards other people's pain, in addition to dulling your own.

"I can't imagine the pain you're feeling, and I don't want to either so please STFU and let me enjoy this bench."
"I can't imagine the pain you're feeling, and I don't want to either so please STFU and let me enjoy this bench."
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In comparison to participants who didn't take the drug, participants in the study who consumed acetaminophen believed individuals experienced significantly lesser degrees of pain when they were told about the physical and social misfortunes of others.

Baldwin Way, an assistant professor of psychology and the senior author of this study, explains why sympathizing with crybabies complaining about their problems is in fact important.

Sources: Ohio State University