Dull Tasks Tougher on the Entitled10/10/11
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
Those are the findings of a new study by University of Michigan
researchers who conducted a series of experiments with college
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
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
In the study, researchers did a series of experiments that
measured people's sense of entitlement and their perception of
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
The study appears in the October issue of the journal
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on
personality disorders, some of which have a sense of entitlement as
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