A new study aims to find out why and how we avoid information we don’t want to hear– and how we can stop doing it.
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Here’s Why It’s So Hard for Us to Find Stuff We’ve Misplaced
“According to a new study conducted by the University of Aberdeen in the UK, if you’re completely at a loss when you’re searching for missing items, you’re in good company. The study suggests that humans are surprisingly unproductive with their eye movements when searching for items, and when presented with two scenarios – an uncluttered area and an area in disarray – they’ll waste far too much time searching the uncluttered area, yielding no results.”
Information Avoidance in the Information Age
“According to Russell Golman and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University, active information avoidance occurs when access to the information is free and people are aware that it is available.”
Information Avoidance: How People Select Their Own Reality
“Drawing on research in economics, psychology and sociology, Carnegie Mellon University’s George Loewenstein, Russell Golman and David Hagmann illustrate how people select their own reality by deliberately avoiding information that threatens their happiness and wellbeing.”
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Written by: Lauren Ellis