Seligman and C

While reading the article I found a pretty interesting quote, “Enjoyment, rather than pleasure, is what leads to personal growth and long-term happiness, but why is that when given a chance, most people opt for pleasure over enjoyment? Why do people choose to watch television over reading a challenging book, even when they know that their usual hedonic state during television is mild dysphoria, whereas the book can produce flow? ”

I think people tend to lean more towards something such as watching television to actually get into the state of mild dysphoria. Especially for students, we are constantly going into classes and doing homework that produce flow in our brains, and we are learning to the point when we want a break it tends to be watching Netflix. Mostly because you don’t have to think about what’s due next week or if you said the right thing in a paper. It’s just a moment to relax and watch something to clear your mind. I know that I do this personally. After a really long day of classes and tests, I don’t want to go home and read a challenging book, I want to sit in my bed and re-watch Bobs Burgers for the hundredth time because I don’t have to think.

However, with that said it isn’t the only way to clear your mind. I do like taking my dog on a walk, and just being outside tends to help clear my mind. Or going on drives with friends when we just scream to stupid songs. What are some ways that you guys clear your minds, and would you say its for pleasure or enjoyment?

Dick, Adkins, and Kuo

In the articles it stated “that the mean number of binge drinking days in the past 30 days increased continuously for both male and female adolescents from ages 12 to 20” and when you look at the graph that they provided it states that 14 year-olds are more influenced by environmental influes whereas 18 year-olds are more genetic influences. This is something I was confused by because I always had the notion that kids would normally drink because their peers were doing it, especially with 18 to 20 year-olds. That’s generally when people are at college where there are a lot more parties with alcohol and it’s a common things at universities. There are even specific colleges in certain states dictated “party schools” so I found it a little confusing that they were showing a graph saying genetic influences were more for of that 18 year-olds than 14 year-olds. I do think binge drinking is much more common in 18-20 year-olds than just continuous drinks everyday throughout a two week time period. For me binge drinking is definitely something I do. I don’t usually drink unless I’m going out with friends, and I’ll have multiple drinks one night then have none for like a few weeks. But I don’t believe this is connected to genetic influences, I feel like it’s connected more to the environmental influences. My mother, uncles, and grandfather were all alcoholics, where they would have multiple drinks a day. Especially with my uncle, I think legally with a breath test he would always be considered drunk.  And I’ve read/heard that alcoholism is a genetic trait that can be passed down, yet I’ve never felt the need to have multiple drinks a day, or even drawn to drinking multiple drinks a day.

I don’t really agree that 18-20 year-olds drink because of genetic influences, but by the environment they are around. By peers inviting them to a party, or even peer pressure at parties.