IKEA Asks People To Bully A Plant For 30 Days And Results Are Eyeopening

Posted by Sughra Hafeez in Life Style On 18th May 2018

The IKEA conduct an experiment to bully one plant and compliment another for 30 days, and the results spoke for themselves.

What is bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse – emotional (sometimes called relational), verbal, physical and cyber.

IKEA highlighted how damaging bullying can be

IKEA decided to conduct an experiment in the Middle East to determine if bullying a plant could have an impact on its growth rate.

An IKEA spokesperson said:

"This was a story created by IKEA in the UAE to support World Anti Bullying Day because they wanted to help children understand the effects of bullying. Educating children on this subject was their focus and their message was that spreading kindness helps us all to grow and thrive."

What happens when the things you say it aren’t so nice?

They asked a group of school children to "bully" one plant while being kind to another. Audio messages were recorded and then played on loops for 30 days. The question remained, would this make a difference?

IKEA UAE wrote:

"Plants have feelings, just like people. So, what happens when you feed one plant with compliments and another with negative remarks?"

Both plants were treated strictly the same.

All the plants were given the exact same amount of sunlight and water. The only difference being, one plant was fed compliments while the other was verbally bullied with hateful words

In a video highlighting the results, one message says:

"are you even really alive?" and another said, "you're not even green". But the compliments include, "I like you the way you are" and "You're making a difference in the world".

Teacher and head of house at GEMS Wellington Academy in Dubai, Thomas Nelson said:

"It has raised the profile massively of different forms of bullying and the effects that bullying can have on people."

The end result speaks for itself.

It turns out that plants can sense things, just like we do, and have the capacity to react based on how they are treated. The positive plant remained looking healthy while the one which got played all the negative comment wilted. While this experiment only involved plants, it speaks volumes about the way bullying affects kids.

One YouTuber posted:

"It's true that if you talk to your plants and even sing to them, they grow better and are healthier. I know so because I have done the same experiment on my own plants."

Alana Schetzer, of the University of Melbourne, wrote online:

"Plants may not have eyes, ears or a tongue, but their skin can perform many of the same functions... [They] can respond accordingly."

Watch the video here:

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