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Saturday, 12 November 2011

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His mind's a blank as well

The average person will make 773,618 decisions over a lifetime - and will come to regret 143,262 of them.

A typical adult makes 27 judgments a day - usually starting with whether to turn off the alarm or hit snooze.

And each decision can take up to nine minutes, which adds up to a mind-numbing four hours just trying to work out what to do.

The research was undertaken by Mindnumb magazine, who polled 200 people. Editor Mike Utearse said, "Decisions seem to get a lot easier to make when there's something in it for us. For example, the decision becomes much easier when the wallet you have just found has £300 quid in it."

Mr. Utearse also says that decisions are more quickly made when the choices are threatening to us. He laughed, "Take my chat-up line: 'We can do this one of two ways; Rohypnol or Necrophilia....Your decision.' Personally I find this focusses the mind wonderfully and I don't have to wait long for an answer."

One interviewee, Dick Meesore, gave us an instance of his own. "There's always the difficult decision in the morning, 'Am I alright to drive yet? Am I still over the limit?' And then you realise you've already driven home and your sirens are still on. The relief of not having to decide is huge."

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