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Friday, December 09, 2005

Question

Why do I check my email 500 times per day? If I only get 15 messages every day? Do I really believe that I get more messages the more often I check? Do I really believe that if I checked only every 30 minutes I would miss an important thing? If I do this because I want to communicate, I should rather go out with someone. People do not like to send emails every 2 minutes. People prefer face-to-face meetings. Is it the people I miss or am I in love with email itself, not bothering who writes?

3 Comments:

Blogger Josh said...

I think it's got something to do with the psychology of addiction. Is it called operant conditioning, I can never remember that term.

Anyway, when you put a lever in a mouse's cage which when he pushes it gives the occasional, random award, he will keep pusing it. It's the same principal as video gambling, or video games which award you with points, your brain is "rewarded" by something being there.

So, you're actually evolutionarily hard-wired to do things like this. It might have helped us survive my making us check an occasional food source often. Doesn't that make you feel better? You're just being adaptive.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to check my email. :)

Friday, December 09, 2005 8:34:00 AM  
Blogger Unsane said...

Yup! (what he said).

Also, if you have already had some particularly rewarding emails, you might tend to do this more.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 7:07:00 PM  
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