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?
I mean it.
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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