Monday, January 19, 2015

Most people would rather have an unpleasant experience than do nothing


Recently, Bloomberg published an article by Michelle Fay Cortez (July 4, 2014) entitled: “Shocking: Many Pick Electric Jolt Over Solitude in Study.” 

The article explains that most people vastly prefer passive activities like reading or listening to music over spending just a few minutes by themselves. People tend to avoid being alone with their own thoughts.

According to the study published, "Being alone with no distractions was so distasteful to two-thirds of men and a quarter of women that they elected to give themselves mild electric shocks rather than sit quietly in a room with nothing but the thoughts in their heads. Maybe the mind is built to exist in the world, and people would prefer to have a negative experience rather than none at all."


Randy Kasten who is the author of “Just Trust Me: Finding the Truth in a World of Spin” explains that, “The ability to think critically is one skill separating innovators from followers. Critical thinking reduces the power of advertisers, the unscrupulous and the pretentious, and can neutralize the sway of an unsupported argument.”