Procrastination is Genetic?

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    Apr 08, 2014 4:11 PM GMT
    A study by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder has found that a tendency to procrastinate is affected by genetic factors, which are also linked to a propensity to be impulsive



    http://time.com/51883/procrastination-is-in-your-genes/


    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2599310/Always-putting-Blame-mum-dad-Scientists-say-procrastination-genes.html
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    Apr 08, 2014 4:23 PM GMT
    ya implicit life styles like the ruling type, the getting type, the avoiding type... might not be life choices but rather genetic in some way

    just my two cents.

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    Apr 08, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Some say that even obesity is genetic. I think it's not obesity per se but the tendency to eat more and have a slow metabolism.
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    Apr 08, 2014 10:41 PM GMT
    So something else they can "FIX".
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    Apr 08, 2014 10:49 PM GMT
    I'm both impulsive and a procrastinator. So the correlation holds for me. I would say I'm the only person in my immediate family who is though.

    I wonder if/when they will isolate the specific genes and determine if it is phenotype or genotype related.

    Phenotypes are static and nothing changes them. Your stuck with it, no matter what.

    Genotypes on the other hand are governed by gene expression and gene expression does change (turn the gene on and off), so your propensity to being impulsive or procrastinate could change if it was genotype related.
  • Scalese89

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    Apr 09, 2014 11:16 AM GMT
    My procrastination seems to be intensifying more now than ever. Though, I am a PhD student - so that's somewhat expected some may say. My parents definitely don't procrastinate. They always have to be doing something productive - unless they're unwinding in the evening. I guess procrastination manifests itself in different ways, as well.
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    Apr 09, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    Ah, I knew that being on Realjock instead of working on my research project for this afternoon wasn't my fault after all! icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 09, 2014 3:09 PM GMT

    This is another front on the age old nature v. nurture debate.
    Genetics definitely have an impact on how our neurons impact the impulse control of our executive functions. However, as creatures of free will, learning new behavior (like inhibition) can not be minimized. I was a chronic procrastinator and very impulsive in my youth...those traits have dissipated as I've grown older. Part of it is self-awareness...allot of it was being burned as a consequence of my behavior.

    Alcoholism, obesity, addiction (food,sex,drugs,exercise) may well be biologically determined characteristics. Yet millions of people have learned how to live without self-medicating alcohol, overeating and going over the edge with their addiction of choice.

    Now if you all would excuse me...taxes are due Tuesday so I better get started on them icon_razz.gif