Americans spend roughly 37 billion hours each year waiting in line. The dominant cost of waiting is an emotional one: stress, boredom, that nagging sensation that one’s life is slipping away. The last thing we want to do with our dwindling leisure time is squander it in stasis. We’ll never eliminate lines altogether, but a better understanding of the psychology of waiting can help make those inevitable delays that inject themselves into our daily lives a touch more bearable.
Alex Stone on the psychology of why waiting in line Is torture. For an antidote, consider the art of delay.
Chances are that at least one person who reads this will be doing so on a mobile phone while waiting in line.
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