By Selin Malkoc, full article at The Conversation and at Time.
Graduation season is upon us, and for many graduates, it’s a moment they’ll want to remember for the rest of their lives.
Yet families often wonder about the best way to mark this special occasion. The graduation gift, of course, is one way. But then comes the tough part: deciding on the gift.
I recently faced a (somewhat) similar predicament. I’d been promoted, and I wanted to treat myself. There was this ring I’d been coveting; but after a quick Google search for the best way to treat yourself, the recommendations were unanimous: Splurge on an experience – a trip or a retreat.
Just to make sure, I decided to approach my colleague Joseph Goodman, who has researched the relationship between purchases and happiness. He, too, suggested that I take a vacation to add another experience to my store of memories. After all, he and others have convincingly shown that experiences – rather than material goods – are more closely related to happiness.
Still, I had the nagging feeling that I’d be better off buying the ring. Was I just trying to find an excuse to buy something I’d wanted for a while? Or is there something else at play when we choose gifts, whether it’s for ourselves or others? Read the full article here: https://theconversation.com/some-graduation-gifts-really-are-better-than-others-77653
Why Scheduling Your Free Time Might Ruin It. Americans are becoming increasingly dependent on our calendars. But what happens when you start to schedule free time? Bad things, says Selin Malkoc. @NPR: Innovation Hub w/ Selin Malkoc http://www.npr.org/podcasts/512646501/innovation-hub
Nothing ruins a potentially fun event like putting it on your calendar.
In a series of studies, researchers found that scheduling a leisure activity like seeing a movie or taking a coffee break led people to anticipate less enjoyment and actually enjoy the event less than if the same activities were unplanned…
Around minute 41 minute mark, the Today show discusses Selin Malkoc’s research on how planning can take the fun out of leisure. It’s sandwiched between their discussions of celebration penalties in the NFL and a video of a guy boxing a Kangaroo to save his dog. Just another day on Today…
Have you ever found yourself dreading a leisurely activity you had eagerly scheduled days or weeks in advance?
I first caught myself doing this a few years ago when I was traveling home to Turkey. I had excitedly made plans to meet up with some old friends. But to my surprise, as the date approached, I started to feel reluctant and unenthusiastic about these long-awaited reunions.
“I have to go get lunch with my friend,” I’d grouse to others, making it sound like a chore.
Was I an anomaly? Or do other people feel this way too?
Read the full full article here.
Adult life is full of commitments: bills to pay, family to see and a job you probably have to show up for. But in a world where many of us complain of being overscheduled, there’s something uniquely depressing about having no control over the time once quaintly called “personal” and “free.”
A recent study by The Ohio State University found that scheduling leisure time with friends — for movies, drinks, bike rides — can make these otherwise enjoyable activities feel like chores, which is often why we cancel them.
Other Media Mentions on this Research
For an interview on the topic, see BYU radio.
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New research from researchers at Ohio State shows material goods might win out over experiences when marking special life events
Graduation, marriage, the birth of a child. All are significant life events that people want to remember as vividly as they can. We often mark these events with a purchase: either a celebratory experience or a material commemoration. Recent research has indicated a general consumer preference for experiences over material goods when it comes to giving and receiving gifts. but perhaps material goods have an advantage when it comes to marking significant life events?
For an interview on the topic, see BYU radio.
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- We Don’t Like Unfamiliar Music, Even Though We Claim We Do, Science Daily, July 23, 2013. (Ward, Goodman, and Irwin 2014)
- Did You Really Need that New iPhone?, Psych Central, October 1, 2012. (Goodman and Irmak 2013)
- Why You May Not Love That New Purchase After All, Business News Daily, September 24, 2012. (Goodman and Irmak 2013)
- Consumers Want Lots of Choices — Except When They Don’t, St. Louis Post Dispatch, September 1, 2012. (Goodman and Malkoc 2012)
- Mechanical Turk Quirks, Ideas Market, Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2012. (Goodman, Cryder, and Cheema 2013)
- Happiness: Staying Positive in Negative Territory, USA Today, August 6, 2009. (Nicolao, Irwin, and Goodman 2009)
- How Being Materialistic Can Actually Make You Happy, US News & World Report, May 1, 2009. (Nicolao, Irwin, and Goodman 2009)