Students prefer jolt of pain to being made to sit and think

So unbearable did some find it that they took up the safe but alarming opportunity to give themselves mild electric shocks in an attempt to break the tedium.

Two-thirds of men pressed a button to deliver a painful jolt during a 15-minute spell of solitude. One man – an outlier – found thinking so disagreeable he opted for a shock 190 times.

I have spent thousands of hours doing nothing but thinking over the last sixteen years. Well, I mean, I was holding or nursing a baby, but still. Immobilized and with only my thoughts. These people are lightweights.

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