Navigation Links
Dull Tasks Tougher on the Entitled

MONDAY, Oct. 10 (HealthDay News) -- People with a sense of entitlement are more likely to view dull tasks as a waste of their time, which makes it feel like time is passing slowly while they do these jobs.

Those are the findings of a new study by University of Michigan researchers who conducted a series of experiments with college students.

Entitlement is "the feeling that you are owed something without necessarily putting in effort to attain it," study author Ed O'Brien, a graduate student in the psychology department, said in a university news release.

For example, a student may feel he deserves an "A" on a test regardless of whether he studied for it, or an employee may expect extra vacation days regardless of whether she worked overtime or not.

O'Brien said the belief that a dull task is a waste of time could affect time-related interpersonal tasks that some might consider dull, such as recycling, volunteering or driving. It could also influence how much a person is willing to commit to time in a relationship.

In the study, researchers did a series of experiments that measured people's sense of entitlement and their perception of time.

In one, for example, participants were asked to fill out a survey about their mundane, daily activities. Those with a greater sense of entitlement perceived that the survey took longer to fill out than others, and also considered it a greater waste of their time.

The study appears in the October issue of the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on personality disorders, some of which have a sense of entitlement as one symptom.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, news release, Sept. 30, 2011

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Video gaming prepares brain for bigger tasks
2. University of Pennsylvania: Contrary to popular models, sugar is not burned by self-control tasks
3. Interruptions Make Doctors Lose Track of Tasks
4. COO Becomes 75% More Effective in Tracking Delegated Tasks
5. Quitting Even Tougher When Smokers Battle Other Addictions
6. Menthol May Make It Tougher to Stop Smoking
7. Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Tougher When Its Not Patients Call
8. As time goes by, it gets tougher to just remember this
9. Obese Pregnant Women May Have Tougher Time Fighting Infections
10. Multitasking Just a Bit Tougher for Older People: Study
11. EPA Proposes Tougher Air Pollution Rules for Power Plants
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... Olympic Gold Medalists and Celebrity ... brands across various categories through traditional and social media marketing campaigns and other ... of Gold Medal Moms who can connect with today’s most important consumer: mothers. ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... The ... a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman of the Year Circle. She is ... leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, boasting 850,000 members and over 200 ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... (Meso Foundation) released information for caregivers and held two webinars on topics of ... on demand free of charge at . , With a loved ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... MOSI recently added two state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) ... the Jurassic to their collection of interactive exhibits within the Kids In Charge! building. ... allow guests to get closer than ever to a range of animals as they ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... VA (PRWEB) , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... mesothelioma-affected community across the United States to access life-saving information provided ... Malignant Mesothelioma will consist of three individual conferences in three major cities: ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... , Nov. 30, 2015  QT Vascular Ltd., ... and together with its subsidiaries, TriReme Medical LLC and ... company engaged in the design, assembly and distribution of ... vascular disease, is pleased to announce that a three-judge ... Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("Federal Circuit") ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 2015   Royal Philips  (NYSE: PHG ... Radiology Solutions, a fully integrated, consultative approach to ... data-driven practice management approaches that combine imaging systems, ... improve care delivery and reduce costs. Making its ... North America Annual Meeting (RSNA) in ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... -- Nautilus Medical Inc. today announced worldwide availability of ... ). The release of MatrixRay to the entire medical ... North America) in Chicago - ... --> --> MatrixRay is the ... studies worldwide via a peer-to-peer exchange network of physicians ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: