Good things really do come to those who wait

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Doug
Good things really do come to those who wait

This is a talk on an interesting study done on kids. They were put in a room with a marshmallow and told to wait and that if they managed to wait 15 minutes without eating the marshmallow, they'd be given another. Years later, it turns out the kids who could restrain themselves from eating the marshmallow were more successful than those that couldn't.

 

http://www.ted.com/talks/joachim_de_posada_says_don_t_eat_the_marshmallow_yet.html

 

I wouldn't know if the study really holds up, but it's worth it anyway for the video of the kids trying not to eat the marshmallow.

I'd have eaten it.

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I think the notion of "delayed gratification" has been considered and studied with regard to adults as well.  As I recall (don't quote me) adults were offered $100 today, or $200 in a year, with similar outcomes for those who were able to delay their receipt of the money.

I guess it's too late now, but I'd have been interested to see how either children or adults from previous generations would compare to today.  It seems to be widely accepted that today's adults want everything now, even if it means buying on credit rather than saving, and I wonder if we really are more impulsive and less "long term" than our parents' generation and their parents' generation.