Reverse Reciprocity March 28, 2012Posted by nrhatch in Blogs & Blogging, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
Tags: Experiment, Humor, People, reciprocity, Reverse psychology
I could almost hear them dragging their feet down the cyber corridor each time they came round.
Instead of dropping by for a cozy cyber chat, they popped in, did a bit of speed reading, and left post-haste.
Like paying a weekly visit to a dowager aunt out of familial obligation (or the desire for testate inheritance), they tossed comments into the reply box at regular intervals to maintain the appearance of reciprocity.
A politically correct “tit for tat.”
I decided “enough of that!” I don’t need reluctant visitors dropping by to boost my head count ~ that benefits no one.
To test my theory, I conducted an experiment, using “reluctant visitors” as lab rats and guinea pigs.
First, I set up the equipment ~ petri dishes, sterile gloves, face masks, lab aprons.
Oops . . . wrong experiment.
My simple cyber experiment required no control groups. I did not have to administer or distribute placebos.
In fact, I didn’t have to do anything at all. I merely refrained from commenting on their blogs for a day or two.
As anticipated, as soon as they no longer got a “piece of cheese” from me, their visits dwindled and stopped in short order.
Reverse reciprocity, like reverse psychology, often reveals what politically correct behavior attempts to hide.
Aah . . . that’s better!
What about you? Do you ever make obligatory visits to blogs you don’t enjoy out a sense of political correctness, obligation, or the desire for reciprocity?
The sky will not fall. The stars will not collide. The world will not stop spinning on its access.
But you will feel greater harmony within . . .
Quote: Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~ Mahatma Gandhi
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