IKEA, famous for its affordable furniture and delicious food, brought two nearly-identical houseplants into classrooms to teach a mind-blowing science lesson and raise awareness for Anti-Bullying Day on May 4th.
These two plants were placed just metres away from each other and were given the same amount of sunlight and water. The only difference between them was that the school kids had been told to verbally bully one of the plants and verbally compliment the other. The experiment continued over a 30-day period while each plant had recorded positive/negative comments playing on loop.
Plants have feelings, just like people. So, what happens when you feed one plant with compliments and another with negative remarks? Watch the social experiment by clicking here.
The final results found that the plant that received positivity remained healthy over the course of the month, whereas the plant that received negativity wilted.
Regardless of the conclusive proof the social experiment provides about bullying in relation to plants, IKEA is standing for a good cause. The video has so far, reached over 30,000 viewers and is raising awareness on the effects of bullying in an effective manner. The experiment serves as a solid reminder to always choose kindness whenever possible, because if it makes a difference for these plants, it undoubtedly makes a big difference to our fellow humans. #SayNoToBullying