Plants Have Feelings – And They Don’t Like Being Bullied

Plants have feelings too, ok. IKEA UAE are raising awareness of verbal bullying and how hurtful words effect plants.

Turns out that just like everyone else, plants also have feelings, something that’s never been so evident than in a recent experiment by IKEA. IKEA involved school students in GEMS schools around the UAE in a social experiment involving two identical plants.

Students recorded positive and negative statements and one plant was played positive reinforcements on loop, and the other negative.

Over the course of 30 days, it became pretty visible how bullying affects a living thing. The complimented plant was flourishing and glowing as the bullied plant was wilted and tired looking.

Apart from their respective recordings, both the plants had the same amount of water and sunlight in a controlled environment.

So, we don’t know about you, but we’re definitely going to compliment our office and home plants more often, and probably keep a tight lid on what we say that’s disparaging.


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