Thoughts of Time Inspire Socializing

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 12 (UPI) — People prompted to think of time plan to spend time with loved ones but, with some exceptions, those primed to think of money work more, U.S. researchers say.

Cassie Mogilner of the University of Pennsylvania designed an experiment conducted online with adults nationwide. The volunteers were asked to unscramble a series of sentences — some got sentences containing words related to time such as clock and day, while others got sentences containing words related to money, such as wealth and dollar.


All participants were then asked how they planned to spend their next 24 hours.

The study, published in the journal Psychological Science, finds the people who had been primed to think about time planned to spend more time socializing, while people primed to think about money planned to spend more time working.

The same experiment was conducted with low-income people and the researchers say having them think about time had the same effect, but having them think about money did not.

This may mean low-income people already live highly focused on money, Mogilner suggests.

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