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Study finds people would rather be electrically shocked than left alone to think

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A new study found that people would rather be electrically shocked than be alone with their thoughts. /iStockphoto

Whether it’s in traffic or at work daydreaming, Southern Californians certainly have the opportunity to get lost in their thoughts. However, a new study has shown that people have an issue being left alone with their minds.

The study conducted by the University of Virginia found that 67 percent of men and 25 percent of women were more inclined to shock themselves with electricity rather than sit alone with their thoughts.

Timothy Wilson, co-author of the study, said that people got caught up in their own shortcomings and pensive thought-cycles when left alone with their minds. During the study, individuals were placed in rooms and asked to either think about specific subjects or engage in a topic of their choice for 6 to 15 minutes. 50 percent of people claimed to dislike the experience, citing boredom as the number one discomfort.

In your everyday life, how do you manage your thoughts? Is your “shock” something a little less drastic, like music or reading? Do you enjoy having time alone to simply think?


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