A study at the University of Southern Denmark has found that peer pressure and competitive stress shortens the lives of creative people. ‘Competition has a negative and significant impact on longevity,’ said Dr Karol Jan Borowiecki.
He went on to say: ‘The stress intensified when they were living in the same cities as their peers. It is likely, for example, that limited access to concert halls may have triggered increased stress levels, especially in cities with a greater number of other composers.’
Do we believe a word of this pointless academic speculation?