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Can't we just sit with our own thoughts? One study's 'shocking' results




A woman walks while using a cell phone in New York.
A woman walks while using a cell phone in New York.
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With all the craziness of life — running around, checking email constantly, tweeting about the latest news, planning your next get-together — it seems like a quiet, personal moment to sit alone with your thoughts would be welcome.

It seems like we all say we want and need a moment like that here or there. But do we really?

Timothy D. Wilson is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia, and he had a hunch that, because of modern technology, people were becoming less comfortable being left alone with their thoughts. What he found is shocking.

Many people actually preferred receiving an electric shock to being left alone with their own thoughts. Professor Wilson joins Take Two to talk about his research.