A Contagious Disease

1565 WordsFeb 3, 20157 Pages
It’s 1 in the morning, and you’re dozing off in the luxury of your own bed... Mmm... Or-- not. At least in my case. At 1:00am, you’ll most likely find me at a desk, completing some impending assignments that I decided to do last minute. How did I get here? Well, I’m a victim. No, not of terrorism, and surely not of a deadly contagious disease! But- Procrastination. Chances are, you are too. The habit is often looked and now has intervened its way into society- unfortunately. If you think you’re doing yourself a favour, you’re only risking the chances of increased stress and a problematic life. And if it’s not evidently clear that you shouldn’t procrastinate passively, this may be the most productive couple minutes you’ll spend sitting in…show more content…
However, what I’m referring to is called passive procrastination, the term I mentioned earlier. It’s when you avoid a task to avoid negative emotions. You instead replace the urgent task, with a mindless, more desirable task. Because of this, procrastinators have poorer working habits than an active procrastinator, which is someone who puts aside tasks they acknowledge are urgent, in place of tasks that will be more rewarding in the long run. Like, creating an outline of a schedule on a project to keep you organized. So- wondering why may you find yourself caught in this trivial phenomenon? Behaviourally speaking, according to the causeofprocrastination.com, humans have a tendency to discount delayed rewards, even if they have greater gain. For example, if you had an assignment to complete in two weeks, the reward of getting an A, holds less value than a video game you could be playing currently, which offers an immediate, however mindless and smaller reward. Though, as the deadline draws near, the reward begins to hold a greater value, but unfortunately for you, due to the allotted time you spent gaming, don’t be surprised if you find yourself cramming on the night before the deadline. Thebrainbank.scienceblog.com, explains that the behavior is called “Systematic Prefernce Reversal”. Furthermore, they state that dopamine, a chemical responsible for triggering happiness, is also
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