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Idle hands. Procrastination is, at least in part, an inherited trait, a new study suggests.

Idle hands. Procrastination is, at least in part, an inherited trait, a new study suggests.

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Procrastinating? Blame Your Genes

Are you supposed to be doing something else right now? If so, you may be able to blame your urge to avoid the task at hand in favor of more tempting distractions on your parents, a new study in Psychological Science suggests. By comparing how much identical versus nonidentical twins tend to procrastinate, researchers report that the tendency is influenced more by genes than by external factors such as upbringing, and is linked to higher rates of impulsive behaviors. According to the Daily Mail, researchers believe that such flightiness may have been beneficial to our early ancestors, who ostensibly were more focused on day-to-day survival than long-term planning.

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