New Scientist article New research from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), shows that wearing a pair a pair is less risky than people think.
The researchers looked at 1,000 pairs of safety sneakers from around the world and compared them to a group of healthy people who wore them for an average of five months.
The group wore the shoes to work, home and a fitness class.
They found that wearing the safety shoes for only five months was not enough to make a difference in their chances of dying or being in an accident.
The study is published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
In an earlier study, published in 2009, the same researchers looked for similar evidence that safety shoes made men look like women.
The new study is the first to show the impact of wearing a safety shoe on men’s appearance.
“We found that men were actually more likely to be more physically attractive than women were,” said lead author, Dr Daniel Egan.
“Women, who typically have larger shoulders, tend to have more rounded faces and more rounded eyes, so we thought that safety glasses would make men look more like women.”
The researchers tested the safety glasses on men, women and children, but did not see any statistically significant differences between men and women wearing the glasses.
They also did not find that the glasses made people look less attractive to women.
Men are also more likely than women to wear high heels, so the researchers thought the shoes would make them look taller.
“But it didn’t happen,” said Dr Egan, who is a postdoctoral researcher in the department of psychology at UCSD.
“The male group wore their shoes for an extended period of time, which is really consistent with what we know from other studies.
The male group looked more like a woman.”
Dr Ewan added that men’s looks are often more important than their physical appearance.
In a 2010 study, Dr Eukan and his colleagues found that women who wore safety glasses were more likely not to feel good about themselves.
“In general, the people who are least happy with their appearance are the women,” Dr Eagan said.
“When women are less happy, they are also less likely to have healthy eating habits.”
Dr Mark D. Zimdars, an associate professor of psychology, said the results are consistent with a recent study that showed men’s facial attractiveness is more important to women than men’s body.
“These results are not a surprise to us because we know that women’s bodies are highly sexualized, and men’s are less sexualized,” he said.
Dr Zimdo said he is not surprised by the study’s finding that men are less likely than their female counterparts to wear safety glasses.
“It is true that men don’t look like men,” he explained.
“And there’s a lot of research showing that men also have higher levels of stress, so it is possible that wearing safety glasses may help prevent certain kinds of stress.”
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
The research paper was published in Environmental Health Letters.
Source: University of Central Florida press release