The war against Conspiracy Theorists has taken a ridiculous turn, after a new study concluded that people who believe in conspiracy theories are more likely to be involved in low-level crime.
Days after the Orwellian Australian government denied the world’s first conspiracy theorist, David Icke, entry on the grounds that he was a conspiracy theorist, (who believed in the existence of reptilian aliens); psychologists at the universities of Kent and Staffordshire said people exposed to conspiracy theories are more likely to engage in everyday crime in the future.
- In a first study, the findings indicated that people who subscribed to them were more accepting of everyday crime, such as trying to claim for replacement items, refunds or compensation from a shop when they were not entitled to.
- A second study concluded that exposure to conspiracy theories made people more likely to intend to engage in everyday crime in the future.
Any self respecting Conspiracy Theorists would be laughing their tin hats off, accused of committing such low level crime such as “claiming for replacement items, refunds or compensation from a shop when they were not entitled to.”
“Claiming for replacement items, refunds or compensation from a shop when they were not entitled to.”
Dr Dan Jolley, of Staffordshire University said, “People believing in conspiracy theories are more likely to be accepting of everyday crime, while exposure to theories increases a feeling of anomie, which in turn predicts increased future everyday crime intentions.”
Publishing their findings in the British Journal of Social Psychology, Professor Karen Douglas, of Kent’s School of Psychology said, “Our research has shown for the first time the role that conspiracy theories can play in determining an individual’s attitude to everyday crime. It demonstrates that people subscribing to the view that others have conspired might be more inclined toward unethical actions.”