This has been bugging me for a good part of my adult life, so I figured I would pose this question to the community. It seems like every day, the results of a new scientific experiment or study are posted on the Internet, or presented on the radio or TV. These studies range greatly in topic, but I included a few examples of what I am talking about (from the past day of Digg posts): Being Bad is Good for Your Health Teens With More Mature Brains Act Out More How Men and Women Lie Differently Tightwads and Spendthifts Attract Other studies, off the top of my head, include the benefits of certain foods (coffee, chocolate, beer, wine), relationships between two random factors (ex: binge drinkers are happier and healthier), or studies of the human body (one can function on only 2 hous of sleep a night) These are just examples of the hundreds of studies I have seen in my days of journeying the Internet for news and information. Personally, however, I am a skeptic. I have trouble deciding when something seems legit and practical, so I take all of these studies with a big grain of salt. I guess my question is, besides the obvious (a medical journal is probably legitimate, 'pro-at-science.blogspot.com is probably not), how seriously should one take these studies. If something applies to my life, might it be worth keeping these "new facts" in the back of my head on an everyday basis. I am really interested to see what you all have to say!