SHARE OR­DI­NARY EVENTS TO BE MORE POPULAR

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

Just met a celebrity or been on an amaz­ing ad­ven­ture? The sad news is no-one wants to hear about it and shar­ing your ex­pe­ri­ence may even come at a so­cial cost, ac­cord­ing to a US study pub­lished in the jour­nal Psy­cho­log­i­cal Sci­ence.

Re­searchers say the rea­son for this is we pre­fer to hang out with peo­ple who are like us, so shar­ing the de­tails with those who haven’t had sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ences is likely to make you feel os­tracised. “We all ap­pre­ci­ate ex­pe­ri­ences that are fine and rare, and [are] al­ways ea­ger to tell our friends. But con­ver­sa­tions seem to thrive on more or­di­nary top­ics,” they said.

For the record, we’d rather take our chances and have the ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence!

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