Monday, December 10, 2007

Is Voting for President Anything Like On-Line Dating?

I was reading about a study conducted regarding on-line dating attitudes. Endemic to the research conducted by Michael I. Norton of the Harvard Business School is the conclusion that first impressions are generous and that second looks change considerably--for the worse. The research indicates that, during first impressions, we tend to respond positively because the information we receive is ambiguous. Later, when we experience the person, we tend to give them lower grades. No matter what, though, college age research subjects are optimistic about future prospects. We’re always hoping that our new acquaintances will turn out to be just like memory of that close friend we met a long time ago and with whom we are still friendly. Think about that when you’re voting for president.

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