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.
All things Consumer Behavior
- Here We Are Podcast with Shane Mauss, interviewed with Prof. Selin Malkoc, Episode 6, December 15, 2014.
Happiness, Materialism, and Consuming Experiences
- Marketplace, “Shopping: As American as apple pie on Thanksgiving”
- KPLR 11, Pulse of St Louis “Holiday Shopping Beginning Earlier and Earlier”
- Wash U Newsroom, “’Chirstmas Creep’: Happiness or humbug?”
- The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch
- NowNews, if you don’t like English
- US News & World Report
- Ladies’ Room Talk Radio Show if you don’t like to read.
- “Happiness: Staying positive in negative territory”
Music and Familiarity
- Ideas Market on The Wall Street Journal
- ACR Workshop, “Questioning the Turk: Conducting High Quality Research with Amazon Mechanical Turk,” with Gabriele Paolacci, workshop at the meetings of the Association for Consumer Research, Baltimore, MD, October 2014. SLIDES AVAILABLE HERE.
- Business News Daily, “Why You May Not Love That New Purchase After All”
- PsychCentral, “Did You Really Need that New iPhone?”
Consumer Choice and Retail Assortment
- St Louis Post-Dispatch, “Consumers wants lots of choices—Except when they don’t”
- New York Times, “Ferguson Looks to Holiday Shopping Rush with Unease.”
- The Washington Post, “Ferguson Protests are Hurting Local Businesses—Just not as Much as you May Think.”
- St Louis Post-Dispatch, “End of the Line for Rawlings’ Football Helmets.”
- St Louis Post-Dispatch, “Brown Shoe to Rebrand Itself as Caleres.”
- St Louis Public Radio, “National ‘Grocery Wars’ hit St. Louis Region Prompting Stores to Adjust to More Competition”
- 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)