Saving fun for a boring future

Otago University
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 2007 ANZMAC Conference 3Rs: Reputation, Responsibility and Relevance, 2007, pp. 2307 - 2313
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We discuss how experiences that fill a future waiting period, such as focusing on fun or boring future activities, affect intertemporal choices. We propose that savoring, the positive utility derived from anticipating future pleasant outcomes, is more likely to have an impact on intertemporal choices when the future seems boring than when it seems fun. We provide empirical evidence that people who foresee a busy future full of boring activities are more likely to prefer to delay rewards than people who foresee a future not so busy with boring activities.
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