If you’ve been watching CSI and other crime shows for years, studying up before beginning your new life as a criminal mastermind, we've got some bad news for you. A recent study showed that despite popular belief, there was no correlation between how many forensic shows you watch and how good you are at concealing a crime.
The study, published in the International Journal of Law, Crime, and Justice, examined the so-called 'CSI effect,' a colloquial term for the way crime shows influence public perception.
The researchers conducted four separate studies: the first compared crime stats from the years both before and after the launch of 'CSI.' Then, they asked 24 convicted criminals for their opinion on the matter.
The third study involved staging a mock caper where viewers as well as non-viewers of 'CSI' tried to erase traces of evidence from the crime scene. And the fourth reenacted a crime involving a dollhouse.
Researchers found there are many things that can influence someone’s ability to hide any trace of their misdeeds, but none of those things are how many crime shows you watch. Male subjects did better than female in the study while younger subjects outdid their elders, and more well-educated subjects did better than less educated subjects. The one thing that didn't make a lick of difference was TV preferences.
So maybe you should leave plotting epic heists to the screenwriters.