Americans want to stay busy, even if what they do is trivial

April 30th, 2011 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Apr 30 (ANI): Americans don’t really care so much about what they’re doing, just as long as they are doing something, suggests a new research.

Author Dolores Albarracin of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says she started paying attention to people’s different levels of activity in various countries and saw how much busier people are in the US relative to other areas.

“People have this inclination to do more, even if what they do is trivial,” Albarracin said.

Many psychologists have “the idea that people have these highly specific goals, but quite often some significant proportion of our time is engaged in this global level-we want to do something, but what we do ends up not mattering much.

You could end up with productive behavior, like work, or impulsive behavior, like drug use,” she added.

The study was recently published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. (ANI)

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