In a new study on college students, the phrase “that’s so gay” proved to be hostile and harmful.
Researchers learned this info through a survey among 114 gay, lesbian and bisexual students between the ages of 18 to 25. They reprted their reactions to the phrase for over a year.
Data suggests gay, lesbian and bisexual college students who heard “that’s so gay” more frequently were more likely to report feeling isolated and to suffer negative health symptoms, such as headaches, poor appetite or eating problems.Wow, the effects of that phrase alone can do this? We really have some work to do.
Practically every respondent reported hearing “that’s so gay” on campus at least once in the past 12 months. Nearly half of the students said they’ve heard the phrase more than 10 times within the year. Only 14 respondents—or 13 percent—hadn’t heard it at all.
Hearing the phrase more often was found to increase students’ risk of health problems and feelings of isolation.