In case you were wondering… a report from NYMag‘s Jesse Singal, “Men Would Rather Give Themselves Electric Shocks Than Sit Alone With Their Thoughts”:
…[P]articipants were asked to rate the pleasantness or unpleasantness of a number of stimuli, including an electric shock, and then asked how much of $5 they’d pay to experience or not experience each of them again. Then, they were asked to sit alone with their thoughts, but told that if they wanted to, they could shock themselves by pressing a button (because why not?).
Among the participants who said they’d pay to avoid being shocked again (meaning those who found it particularly unpleasant), 67 percent of men and 25 percent of women nonetheless shocked themselves rather than face, without distraction, what is apparently a terrifying hellscape inside their heads. The researchers suggest the gender difference could come down to men having greater sensation-seeking tendencies than women — that is, they get bored more easily…
Apart from/as a way of avoiding the “terrifying hellscape”, what’s on the agenda for the evening?