Everyone knows the story of "The Ant And The Grasshopper," the fable from Aesop about the ant who spends his summer storing for winter while the grasshopper put it off and found himself starving when the cold came. Though it's a scientifically inaccurate portrayal of the grasshopper's life cycle, it is a timeless tale about the importance of hard work and not putting off for tomorrow what should be done today.
If procrastinating is so bad, why do we do it?
According to the most recent episode of SciShow, the scientific explanation behind procrastination all depends on which psychologist you ask.
While an evolutionary psychologist will look at a possible genetic link and even explore whether delayed action had an adaptive advantage, a social psychologist might view it as a coping mechanism to protect against stressful tasks.
It might not seem like such a big deal to wait until the night before a paper is due to crack open a book for the first time, but as the video explains, habitual procrastination could indicate a particular wiring of the brain or even leave us more at risk for certain health conditions.
Feel free to stop whatever productive thing you were doing and check out the full explanation here:
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