society display anger in various ways, for seemingly unrelated reasons. One major
source of unnecessary anger in society include when individuals feel their feel
their time is being wasted. Time is a precious commodity that we all have
little of. When an individual feels it’s being wasted, there may be an outburst
of anger. If the individual feels very entitled they may feel their time has
more worth than those around them.
The role of your sense of entitlement on the perception of
the time. The idea is pretty straightforward.
At any given time, everyone feels some kind of entitlement. Whether it from the
idea of “the customer is always right” in retail, or in a busy restaurant than
you feel a server should be giving you better service. You might feel particularly
entitled to better service. So a 5-minute wait for the server to bring you the
check may seem like you have been there for much longer than you have in reality.
On the flipside, if you were sitting in a waiting room of a high paying job, you
may consider yourself lucky to be there. Which case, that 5-minute wait may not
feel so long.
In one of the studies, the authors just looked at the
correlation between peoples sense of entitlement and their perception of time.
The authors gave people a number of questionnaires including one that measured
the sense of entitlement. Then they had students do either a boring task,
copying a matrix of letters. Or a less boring task, using that same matrix of
letters to find people’s names. The students did this task for exactly 10
minutes, and then they were asked how long the task took. To make the time
judgment harder, there were no clocks in the room, and students had been asked
to remove their watches before starting the study.
When people did the relatively fun task, there was no relationship between the amount
of time people felt they spent doing the task and their general sense of
entitlement. In contrast, when students did the boring task, the more people generally felt entitled, the
longer they felt they spent on the task.
What does all this mean? Time is one of the most precious
resources we have. The greater your sense of entitlement, the more that you
want to avoid wasting that resource. As a result, the more entitled you feel,
the more anger you feel when your time is wasted. Even though nobody enjoys that
frustration, this mechanism may be a good one to have. If we did not experience
frustration when our time was being wasted, we might persist doing things that
do not deserve our effort.