Tattooed Employees More Reckless And Impulsive, Study Finds

Mar 11, 2021
People with visible tattoos are more likely to be reckless and act impulsively, a study has found.
Economists from Canada's McMaster University surveyed more than 1000 people to try to determine why tattoos are becoming more popular despite bosses seeing them as undesirable.
"From an economic point of view, the decision to get a tattoo is puzzling," Bradley Ruffle, one of the study's authors, told The Times.
He suggested people who get tattoos attach "a stigma to their identity" that could have an impact on future employment opportunities.
Participants in the study, published in the Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organisation, included 781 people without tattoos and 255 with body ink, 68 of whom had tattoos that were clearly visible even when they were fully clothed.
Participants were offered two scenarios to test their ability to make rational, forward-thinking solutions. They could choose between getting $1.05 if they waited 18 hours, or $2.50 if they waited for three weeks.
People without tattoos were patient and preferred to wait the three weeks for the greater sum, while people with tattoos decided to take the cash and run earlier, the study found.
The authors of the Canadian study acknowledged quick thinking could be beneficial, comparing the tattooed participants to athletes who need to think quickly on their feet and act "impulsively" to get the most out of a game.
Recent research by McCrindle found that one in five Australians have at least one tattoo.
It found that 40 per cent of people got their first tattoo over the age of 26, and one in 10 Australians got their first tattoo over the age of 40.
Of those surveyed, 54 per cent had just one tattoo, 23 per cent had up to three tattoos, while just 15 per cent had four or five tattoos.
The survey found that getting multiple tattoos was no longer a norm for Australians, with just eight per cent having more than five.
McCrindle found that a third of Australians with tattoos regret them, with one in seven starting the process of removal.
A 2017 survey by YouGov showed that 48 per cent of Australians had a negative view of tattoos, with the majority of those not liking body ink over the age of 35.
While Australia has laws in place preventing employers from discriminating based on physical appearance, some do enforce rules on how employees look while at work.