Watch what happens when you bully a plant and compliment another for 30 days straight

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED May 8, 2018 09:27 am
Screenshot from IKEA "Bully a Plant" video

(Inside Manila) Halaman—sometimes a plant, sometimes the person who is content with standing in a corner and holding a drink while everybody else is having fun. The analogy, however, is somewhat mismatched because while these wallflowers are seemingly immobile, they definitely have feelings. And the same goes for plants.


In time for Anti-Bullying Day, Instagram launched a new anti-bullying filter to protect young app-users. Furniture and home accessories store IKEA, on the other hand, conducted a live experiment called “Bully A Plant” to highlight the negative effects of verbal bullying.



According to various theories in plant neurobiology and other scientific studies, plants have the same senses as human beings. IKEA took the matters to its hands to prove it by placing two similar plants under similar controlled environment—having the same amount of water and sunlight—but fed with different audio recordings on loop for 30 days straight.


While one plant was nourished with messages like "I like you the way you are" and “You are beautiful,” the other one was forced to listen to negative remarks such as “Nobody likes you" and “You're a mistake.” In the span of the experiment, students of schools to which the plants were placed start to notice the difference.


Check out the full video below:



The results spoke for themselves and the experiment proved to be successful as it promoted awareness of bullying. One young participant said it best: “If it can affect a plant, it can definitely affect other people.” And while some people argue that this sound science doesn’t sound believable and the experiment is an obvious marketing ploy, the question remains true: “Would you bully someone or something with feelings? We hope not. #SayNoToBullying

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