Show of hands -- who loves schadenfreude?
People over 50 seem to, according to a new study that shows older people prefer reading negative news over positive news about younger people.
The study of German volunteers included 178 people ages 18 to 30 and 98 people ages 50 to 65. They browsed articles in what they were told was an experimental version of a new online magazine.
The random mix of fake stories focused on one person who was older or younger, and there were two versions of each story -- one positive and one negative. One positive headline, for example, read, "Patient awarded 250,000 Euro in malpractice lawsuit," while the flip-side version read, "Brain-damaged patient loses appeal -- Lack of malpractice evidence forces patient to pay back 250,000 Euro." The stories were accompanied by a photo of the person mentioned in the story, so their approximate age was clear.