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Geekend: Doing Nothing Is Worse Than Hurting Yourself
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impactnow
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impactnow,
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7/12/2014 | 2:48:47 AM
Quiet time

Wow I would love to see if this has changed over time because of our always connected environment. I can sit for 15 minutes and do nothing, it's kind of a mental meditation exercise I like to do. It gives me clarity to move onto tasks in a more organized fashion. I do think that I am unusual however because I know people that cannot sit still or even stand still. Maybe it's a skill we need to teach individuals at a young age, how to entertain themselves with their imagination and how to calm themselves through peaceful meditative thoughts.

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/11/2014 | 6:15:37 PM
Re: I love running marathons...
@progman2000- I have to give the Puddy props to our own Rob Preston. I had forgotten the scene. He suggested it. It is a classic, and I owe it to him. I hope you don't think less of me for it. :)
David Wagner
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7/11/2014 | 6:13:45 PM
Re: Pain or nothing
@Thomas- They can't really specify because everyone's pain tolerance is different. But the way the study descirbes it, everyone was asked to do it once. They all agreed it hurt. And they all agreed that they didn't want to experience it again. And they all agreed that if they could, they would pay to avoid a similar shock in the future.

So, you know, we're talking significant enough no one would have volunteered for it before they were asked to sit there.
progman2000
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progman2000,
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7/11/2014 | 4:44:51 PM
I love running marathons...
which means I spend hour upon hour running by myself to train, usually with no music player or nothing but my own thoughts.  Not the same as sitting in solitary, but I still think I can handle doing nothing before shocking myself.

Regardless, major props for a post incorporating David Puddy - love that guy.
Thomas Claburn
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7/11/2014 | 4:14:45 PM
Re: Pain or nothing
Does the study specify how significant the shock was and whether its severity (or lack of it) was accurately conveyed? If it were no more than the static electricity jolt from taking off a sweater in winter, then the suggestion that harm is preferable to boredom is just wrong. If it were like being hit with a taser that's another thing -- and I'd bet far fewer people would try that out of boredom.

15 minutes soulds like a nice nap.
David Wagner
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7/11/2014 | 3:37:11 PM
Re: Pain or nothing
@Alison- They were asked to do this both in a lab environment and at home. And at home they didn't do any better. 

One wonders if we haben't gotten so busy we don't know how to not be. I also wish we had run this experiment 50 years ago to see if there was a difference.
Alison_Diana
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7/11/2014 | 3:17:45 PM
Re: Pain or nothing
When I first read this study I found the results pretty odd and reading everyone's reactions, it seems even odder. I would like to know more about the participants, that's for sure, as well as where they sat for those 15 minutes. This study raises more questions than it answers, to be honest! Everyone is so crazed, between work and home, that having the luxury of 15 minutes to veg out and sit idly sounds deliriously wonderful.
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7/11/2014 | 3:10:00 PM
Re: Meditation
It certainly wouldn't hurt, but I think that there are a couple of other considerations here. I think that there are far too many people going to prison and/or have mandatory minimum sentences far in excess of their danger to society. I think we need to focus more on rehabilitation and less on punishment; there are far too many prisoners in solitary confinement. If a person is going to get out of prison, they ought to get out in better shape thatn they went in. Otherwise, incarceration just postpones and intesifies the problem. But that is a whole other topic in some ways. I've recently read a couple of articles on the creation of a permanent underclass where any jail time is a life sentence to restricted rights and difficulty to return to society because of social and legal stigma. It's something that bears further study. will
jastroff
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jastroff,
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7/11/2014 | 3:03:28 PM
Re: Meditation
made me laugh, @dave
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/11/2014 | 3:01:55 PM
Re: Meditation
@jastro- Yes, you lost me, but it isn't all about me. Well yes, it is all about me. But not everyone else realizes it. :)
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