Watching porn is good for you – if you’re a cricket

Any crickets reading this – you’re in luck. Scientists have shown that hearing other crickets making sexual noises while growing up have a stronger immune system than those who were reared in silence.

It seems a strange, almost coincidental, correlation – between an internal, biochemical process (immunity) and an external, social cue (sexual signalling). However, there is a connection. The immune system has evolved to protect the body from invading parasites, bacteria, viruses, etc. One of the easiest ways for these pathogens to spread is via personal contact. So, if one grows up in a crowded environment, it makes sense to invest in an immune system that can cope with increased chances of infections. The immune system is a costly investment, and if one can do without it, the resources are better spent elsewhere. So, if you are raised in isolation, like some of the crickets, the immune response is weaker.

Sexual signalling was used by the researchers as it an obvious way that crickets can detect the numbers of other individuals around them.

The authors of the paper, published in Biology Letters, made no such claim for humans unfortunately, so its unlikely we’ll be filling out a prescription for Playboy any time soon.

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