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A new study has revealed that millennials are just as prone to give a good old-fashioned spanking to their kids as their parents were — maybe even more so.

The 2014 General Social Survey from the University of Chicago found that 74% of people age 18 to 29 believe a “good, hard spanking is sometimes necessary to discipline a child.” That means three-quarters of what is being called the most “progressive“, “tolerant” and “optimistic” generation in history stills thinks the best way to correct a child’s behavior is to tap them on the behind.

This issue of whether to spank or not can be divisive, especially considering that corporal punishment is often viewed as a matter of tradition or cultural relativity, making it hard to characterize it as definitively “right” or “wrong.”

Below is a chart from the Washington Post that illustrates the findings of the survey.

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Despite the overwhelming support of spanking, in 2013, Psychologist Darcia Narvaez shared in Psychology Today that such practices not only fail to increase children’s compliance but also increase a child’s level of aggression.

Narvaez writes

Long-term compliance is [actually] decreased after spanking. [Children who get spanked] are more likely to step back from the [parent-child] relationship and build a self-protective shield around themselves.

But it seems that the demographic that is continuously praised for their progressive views and enthusiasm for science still holds on to the disciplinary practices of their parents, in spite of the data around it.

Grio fam, what do you think of the results of this study? Is spanking still a good look in this day and age?

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