Should you rip a band-aid off slow or fast?

The perennial debate in every playground has finally been solved – ripping a Band-Aid off quickly causes less pain than pulling it away from the skin in a slow two-second tug.

In the study students had two plasters applied to their upper arm, hand and ankle. The plasters were then removed using both fast and slow methods, with a randomisation process used to decide which was used first on each student. Subjects were asked to rate the pain on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the “worst pain imaginable”.

Fast removal achieved an average pain score of 0.92, while slow removal was significantly more painful at 1.58. Learn more here.

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