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Men Are Not Meant to Be Left Alone With Their Thoughts

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By Indrani Bhattacharyya | July 8, 2014 2:52 PM EST

“To be with own thoughts” - most men just don’t get along with the idea, a recent survey revealed.

According to this report, about a quarter of women and two-thirds of men preferred electric shocks over their own company.

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Men are not meant to be Left Alone with Their Thoughts.

Timothy Wilson, University of Virginia professor of psychology and lead author of the study, initially thought, out brain is full of bitter sweet memories which in turn help building up beautiful stories and fantasies.

But what they found was quite opposite to this belief. Most of the people involved in the study didn’t like it and thought it was hard.

To come up with a counter logic, the researchers wanted to find out “would they prefer negative stimulations to boredom?”

So they gave the participants access to a device that would provide a small electrical shock by pressing a button. It wasn’t a very strong shock, as the device was built around a 9 volt battery.

“But we weren’t even sure it was worth doing,” Wilson said. “I mean, no one was going to shock themselves by choice.”

But the end result was astonishing. Whereas 6 of the 24 women shocked themselves, 12 of the 18 men did so.

In other words, most men are more interested in seeking variety and stimulation than women are, even if that means getting 190 electric shocks in 15 minutes.

Jonathan Smallwood, a professor of psychology at the University of York who wasn’t involved in the study, said this result was not surprising though.

In today’s world, where there are countless distractions in the form of social networks and smart phone apps, this observation seems to be very obvious.

Both Wilson and Smallwood believe further investigations are required to understand this trait in a clearer way.

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(Photo: Reuters / Carlos Barria)
Men are not meant to be Left Alone with Their Thoughts.
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