A family psychologist devised an interesting experiment. Namely, he wanted to test his hypothesis that modern children were over-animated, and therefore unable to deal with their internal condition
Children 12 to 18 years old are offered to spend 8 hours, without cell phones, internet, radio, and television.
They were allowed to write, read, play musical instruments, draw, do manual labor, sing, walk, etc.
The experiment’s author, who is a family psychologist, wanted to test his hypothesis that our children were too animated, so they didn’t know how to behave when left alone.
According to the rules of the experiment, the children had to come to him the next day and tell him impressions of the time spent in solitude. During the experiment, they were allowed to record their feelings, while the psychologist was able to interrupt the experiment if he noticed that the child was tense, uncomfortable or anxious.
The psychologist believed that the experiment is safe and harmless, but no one expected such shocking results. Of the 68 participants, only three people: two girls and one boy, completed the experiment.
- Three had suicidal thoughts.
- Five have experienced acute “panic attacks”.
- Participants had nausea, sweating, dizziness, heat rashes, abdominal pain, feeling of “moving” hair on the head, etc.
- Almost everyone had a sense of fear and anxiety.
All these results came out only two to three hours after the experiment began. Ten people quit the experiment after 3 hours or more, the others gave up within the first two hours.
The girl who “survived” the experiment to the end, wrote down her condition, and when a psychologist read her notes, he found himself embarrassed.
- For ethical reasons, these notes are never published.
What did the teens do during the experiment?
- They cooked or ate;
- Reading or trying to read;
- They did some schoolwork (since it was a holiday, they did this out of desperation);
- Some looked out the window or walked around the apartment;
- They went outside to walk to a store or cafe (they were forbidden to communicate with others, but the waiter and cashier didn’t count);
- Folded a puzzle or lego dice;
- Hair dye;
- We took a bath;
- Cleaning a room or apartment;
- Playing with a dog or cat;
- Exercised or stretched;
- Played guitar, piano (one played the flute);
- Record their feelings;
- Three wrote poetry or prose;
- One boy rode a bus or trolley bus through the city for almost five hours;
- One girl weaved;
- One boy went to the amusement park and after three hours gave up the experiment;
- One girl went to the museum, the other boy to the zoo;
- One girl was praying;
- One boy was walking from one end to another end of town (about 25 km);
- Almost everyone was trying to sleep, but almost no one was succeeding, explaining that their “stupid thoughts” were scratching their heads.
When they gave up the experiment, 14 teenagers immediately checked social networks, 20 called friends from a mobile phone, three called parents, five went to friends. Others turned on the TV or simply watched something on the internet.
In addition, almost everyone turned on the music almost immediately or put their headphones in their ears.
All fears and symptoms disappeared immediately after the termination of the experiment.
63 teenagers retroactively recognized the experiment as useful and interesting for self-discovery. Six of them repeated the experiment and claimed that after the fifth or sixth time they were able to “push it all the way”.
When analyzing what happened to them during the experiment, 51 people used the terms “addiction”, “it turned out I couldn’t live without ….”, “dose”, “breakdown”, “withdrawal syndrome”, “I can’t live in silence, “etc.
Everyone, without exception, was terribly surprised by the thoughts that came to mind during the experiment, but they were unable to consider them carefully, due to the deterioration of their condition …
The boy who managed to complete the experiment spent time assembling a model sailboat. He took breaks for food and drink and to walk the dog….
The girl who completed the experiment spent time sorting and then planting and replanting flowers.
Neither of them noticed “strange thoughts” or experienced negative energy.