I was in a class once where I learned about a study in delayed gratification. Researchers, studying human behavior, would isolate children in a room, place a marshmallow in front of them and grant permission to devour it on the spot if they wanted.
Or, if the kiddo could hold off with that marshmallow in tact while the test-conductor left the room for a few minutes, the child could have two upon his or her return.
The preponderance of youngsters said to hell with later. They went for on-the-spot satisfaction, acting upon what was right in front of their noses instead of holding out for what promised to be more of a good thing.
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