I don't think there are a whole lot of people who could honestly say they haven't dreamed of having a superpower at some point. Everyone wants them — the ability to fly, to time travel, or just to have superior strength, speed or intelligence. Lately, many people have started to wish they had mind control abilities to influence politicians and other important figures in society.
All of these are incredibly desirable, and they're one of the major reasons that comic books and #superhero films sell so well. But actually collecting a large set of data from a wide range of people, seeing what powers people want the most, and what they would use them for, is an intriguing experiment. Moreover, seeing what people would theoretically be willing to do in order to get these powers is a lot scarier.
Luckily, Kip Wright and his team over at latestcasinobonuses.com have braved through this and have polled 2000 people to try and determine what people really want with powers. Here are some of their crazier results!
Men Are Curious, Women Are Healers?
The first set of results shows which superpower people would want most, and it's split by gender. Men vastly prefer the idea of being able to travel through time. Are us boys curious about the past and future? Or, do we just want to run amok like pop culture icons Marty McFly and Doctor Who? Either way, we're put to shame by the ladies, who top their poll with super healing powers, making your heart melt a little. Personally, I'm a little surprised super speed isn't higher on the list — we all know by now that you can time travel using super speed, right?
What Would They Really Use The Powers For?
Now begins some of the scarier data I mentioned earlier. These results show the percentage of men (in blue bubbles) and women (in pink bubbles) that would use their powers in certain ways if they were given the chance. Perhaps the least surprising piece of data here is that 67 percent of men would look under somebody's clothes using X-ray vision (that was always a bit of a given).
However, for anybody thinking of cheating on their girlfriend, be careful because 21 percent of women say that they would use time travel to rid themselves of enemies. A surprisingly high 28 percent of men are looking for love to the extent that they'd consider mind control an option for finding it.
Perhaps the scariest of all of these is that 37 percent of men and 22 percent of women would be willing to risk a stranger's life for the ability to fly. Really? I can't imagine that many people being alright with someone's potential demise weighing on their conscience.
It's Not Just The Kids Giving This A Go
We are also fortunate enough to be able to see the information in terms of age, split between millennials, generation X and baby boomers. It seems like millennials don't quite share the affinity towards super healing that people who are older and have perhaps lost someone close to them do. But time travel appears to be cool universally, as pretty much everyone can think of something that they would like to do with that ability. There's also a pretty big consensus about appreciation for flying, which I have to admit I don't quite feel myself. However, the big space in the middle for Millennials is super intelligence. I'm guessing that as you get older, you begin to realize it would probably be overrated to have everyone asking you for help all the time.
Things Keep Getting Scarier
It's a little disconcerting to see that even a certain extent of baby boomers would be willing to risk a stranger's life to fly, and how little concern people have for their pets. With 24 percent of millennials saying they would risk their pet's life for x-ray vision, and a whopping (and frankly horrifying) 33 percent of the same generation saying they would risk a stranger's life to fly, it's more than a little harrowing as this generation (my generation) gets closer to inheriting the Earth. Hopefully we'll pick up some sense along the way, as the number willing to risk a stranger's life to fly decreases by half between millennials and baby boomers.
Does Your Religion Really Affect Your Views?
Here is something that I found very interesting. With all of the teachings in the bible, society makes us expect Christians and people of strong religious faiths to be somehow more righteous. The point is that this data shows Atheists choosing the less selfish option in both cases here at a higher rate than Baptists, Catholics and Protestants.
So, as for much of the demonizing of Atheists we see from many different churches, why should it matter? This data is by no means conclusive, but it does lead onto an interesting point about your ability to lead a good life with strong morals without being part of a religion. The other thing we have to ask about this data is why do so many baptists want to break Olympic records?
Saved The Worst For Last
There is a lot of other data that Kip and his team have assembled, but I picked this one out to finish off because it disturbs me the most. If you had the ability to fly, would you go to your dream vacation or help rescue people from war-torn countries? Split by income per year is an absolutely fascinating way to look at this data. You can see that even people who earn larger amounts of money (over $80,000 per year) would choose to help the people over themselves at less than a 50 percent rate. That's a hard pill to swallow. The fact that no group chose war-torn people at fifty percent or over is just a shame on all of us. It's truly a reminder that not everybody deserves superpowers, and makes you deeply question human morality.
This data probably brings up personal issues for many people, and I hope that it will encourage others to think more carefully about how they can make an impact. None of us may have real superpowers, but we do have the ability to help in some way. Whether you are donating what you can to charity, helping people on the street or just making sure your pet is safe, we all have a responsibility.
That's all folks! Thanks for reading, be sure to check out the infographic in full over on latestcasinobonuses.com and make sure to check out The Comical Theory on Facebook and @ComicalTheory on Twitter for more of my crazy ramblings! Sound off in the comments about what you think of this data!
Which superpower would you have chosen?