People would rather jolt themselves than think quietly
Can’t stay away from your smartphone or other devices? Not even for a minute? Apparently, you’re not alone. New research says a lot of people would rather experience a mild electrical shock than be alone with their own thoughts.
A study from the University of Virginia finds that many people are so uncomfortable going solo with what’s in their own head that they’d rather experience minor electrical shocks than quiet contemplation. Researchers put their test subjects – men and women between the ages of 18 and 77 – in an empty room with nothing to read, look at or hear for 6 to 15 minutes. It kinda drove some of them crazy. So researchers then put them in a room with a device that could deliver a mild electrical shock. The participants were instructed to be alone with their thoughts. But this time, they had the option of delivering the static electricity to themselves. And many did. They were mostly males, and they seemed to prefer an electrical shock to actually thinking alone.Share: