Haters Spends Most of Their Time Hating

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"A person's "dispositional attitude" -- whether the person is a "hater" or a "liker" -- plays an important role in his or her activity level.” Reuters

It’s hard to understand haters, we all know that. But they were found to be quite interesting subjects, as far as research is concerned.

According to this work, published in the journal Social Psychology “it seems that a person's "dispositional attitude" -- whether the person is a "hater" or a "liker" -- plays an important role in his or her activity level.”

"Liking more means doing more: Dispositional attitudes predict patterns of general action," said Justin Hepler, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The study also suggests that “people who like many things (those with positive dispositional attitudes) also do many things during the course of a week, while people who dislike many things (those with low dispositional attitudes) do very few things with their time.”

“In two studies, participants reported all of their activities over a one-week period and also completed a measure of dispositional attitudes. Although haters and likers did not differ in the types of activities they pursued, haters tended to do fewer activities throughout the week than did likers. Nearly 15 percent of the differences in how many activities people conducted during a typical week was associated with being a hater versus a liker.

Haters and likers also did not differ in how much time they spent doing activities throughout the week; they merely differed in the number of activities that they did. As a result, haters spent more time on any given activity than did likers. Thus, compared with likers, haters could be characterised as less active because they do fewer things, or they could be characterised as more focused because they spend more time on the small number of things they do.

The present results demonstrate that patterns of general action may occur for reasons other than the desire to be active versus inactive," the researchers wrote. "Indeed, some people may be more active than others not because they want to be active per se, but because they identify a large number of specific behaviours in which they want to engage."

Further investigations are required to shed more light on this extremely intriguing observation.

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