Sports fans arguably don’t do anything to help “their” team win that big game. But scientists say they still enjoy a huge self-esteem boost for days after.
A study by Ohio State University (OSU) reported that the “high” sports fans get from cheering on their team to victory can linger as much as two days after the on-field victory.
What’s more, hanging out with fellow fans can cushion the emotional toll a big loss can cause, researchers found.
Researchers quizzed 174 students from OSU and Michigan State before and after Michigan’s football team edged out OSU’s 17-14 in a dramatic field goal finish.
The study based on the 2015 match-up was published in the journal Communication and Sport.