Is Laziness Real? (NSQ Ep. 47)
Also: why do we dislike being alone in public?
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology at Harvard University.
- “From the Fundamental Attribution Error to the Truly Fundamental Attribution Error and Beyond: My Research Journey,” by Lee Ross (Perspectives on Psychological Science, 2018).
- “The Upside of London Tube Strikes,” by Shaun Larcom, Ferdinand Rauch, and Tim Willems (CentrePiece, 2015).
- “Social Interactions and Well-Being: The Surprising Power of Weak Ties,” by Gillian M. Sandstrom and Elizabeth W. Dunn (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2014).
- “Is Efficiency Overrated?: Minimal Social Interactions Lead to Belonging and Positive Affect,” by Gillian M. Sandstrom and Elizabeth W. Dunn (Social Psychology and Personality Science, 2013).
- “The Behavioral Effects of ‘Catholic’ versus ‘Protestant’ Ethics,” by Bryan Caplan (EconLog, 2012).
- “A Wandering Mind Is an Unhappy Mind,” by Matthew A. Killingsworth and Daniel T. Gilbert (Science, 2010).
- “Overheard Cell-Phone Conversations: When Less Speech Is More Distracting,” by Lauren L. Emberson, Gary Lupyan, Michael H. Goldstein, and Michael J. Spivey (Psychological Science, 2010).
- “The Spotlight Effect in Social Judgment: An Egocentric Bias in Estimates of the Salience of One’s Own Actions and Appearance,” by T. Gilovich, V. H. Medvec, and K. Savitsky (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2000).
- “Is There Really a ‘Loneliness Epidemic’? (Ep. 407),” Freakonomics Radio (2020).
- “Food Dudes,” Saturday Night Live (2020).
- “CELL PHONE CRASHING at the MALL!,” MediocreFilms (2014).
- “CELL PHONE CRASHING at the AIRPORT!,” MediocreFilms (2013).
- “Pizza Order,” Key & Peele (2012).
- “Dining Alone,” The Mitchell & Webb Situation (2001).
- George W. Bush’s Speech to the NAACP, The Washington Post (2000).
Correction: April 12, 2021
During the episode, Angela mentions a sketch about loneliness that Rebecca wasn’t able to locate. It turns out, the scene is from the 1984 movie The Lonely Guy, starring Steve Martin. You can watch the clip here. Thank you to the listeners who wrote it and let us know the origin of the scene!