We’ve already discussed the likelihood that zombies have a substantially shorter lifespan than a health living person, because their rotting body sinks a little further back into the earth with each passing hour, day or week.  But it turns out that the dead walking the earth means decreased longevity for everyone.

In a recent blog post, Contributing Editor for Wire Magazine, Jonah Lehrer, explains that exposure to prolonged stress can substantially shorten a human’s life.

“In fact, numerous studies of human longevity in developed countries have found that psychosocial factors such as stress are the single most important variable in determining the length of a life.  It’s not that genes and risk factors like smoking don’t matter.  It’s that our levels of stress matter more.”

Stress can cause you to make bad decisions, and engage in unnecessarily risky behavior.  It can also kill you.

From religious fanatics, to the insanity and paranoia brought on by forced isolation, the psychological burden placed on survivors of the coming zombie plague will be as dangerous as any undead horde.  If you manage to stay alive through the toughest times, make sure to also stay positive.  Your attitude is what will keep you alive over the long haul.



  1. Let's hide in the Empire State!

    Ok….ok….no, no zombies will not outlive humans(noting their dead) they will rot and wither away in a few years time, the stress thing is import tho seeing that stress makes us do bad things.

  2. I would be MUCH more concerned about diseases with so many corpses everywhere. SO.. MANY… CORPSES. Can you imagine even trying to breath?

  3. Yeah… no. The article itself makes a good point about stress, but the headline is just stupid. Zombies lifespan of deterioration = a few years, at best. Stress can shorten your lifespan, but it won’t kill you in a matter of years. Zombies will -not- outlive humans because of stress. Again, it’s a stupid thing to suggest. ZRS is usually better about this.

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