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1 0 0 0 0zM16. 5 0 10 0s10 4. A vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. Go to the search page. From choosing the best tacos to finding the ideal mate, today’s perils of choice come from every direction. Almost every part of daily life requires us to choose, compelling many to waste a ton of time and energy on research for fear that the wrong decision might get made.
One of the problems with having too many options before us is that each one comes with its trade-offs, Schwartz says, and trade-offs have psychological consequences. When there are lots of alternatives to consider, it’s easy to imagine the attractive features of the alternatives you reject. When there are multiple alternatives, Schwartz says, it’s also easy for us to imagine alternatives that don’t actually exist and are a combination of the attractive features of the alternatives that do exist. We’ve essentially created greater expectations than we could possibly meet. To the extent that we engage our imaginations in this way, we will be even less satisfied with the alternative we end up choosing,” he writes. Greater variety in this way actually makes us feel worse off. Even if you’ve made a good decision, Schwartz says, when your choice isn’t perfect, knowing there were alternatives out there makes it easy to imagine you could have made a better choice.
This leads you to regret the decision you made, which leads to dissatisfaction, even if it was a good decision. The emotional cost of potential trade-offs also interferes with the quality of decisions we make, Schwartz says. When we feel bad about choosing, we begin to lose focus and instead of examining all aspects of a decision, we home in on a couple of aspects, some that might not be that important. Our negative emotions associated with having to choose can also distract us from the decision itself, Schwartz says, which impairs our decision-making abilities. People tend to resist making decisions when there are so many trade-offs, which can lead to postponing or avoiding making the decision, Schwartz says.
This may not be so serious when you’re choosing which new smartphone to buy or what to eat for lunch, but it can have detrimental affects on your future, like when choosing which retirement savings plan to settle on. Schwartz points to numerous studies that found when there are two options with a clear winner, most people made a decision — but when people are presented with options involving trade-offs that create conflict, all choices begin to look unappealing, and people are less likely to make a decision. Nobody has the time or cognitive resources to be completely thorough and accurate with every decision, and as more decisions are required and more options are available, the challenge of doing the decision making correctly becomes ever more difficult to meet,” Schwartz writes. Schwartz says preparing for, making, reevaluating, and perhaps regretting the vastly greater number of choices we have today eats up one of our most valuable resources: time. Time spent dealing with choice is time taken away from being a good friend, a good spouse, a good parent, and a good congregant,” he says. In Schwartz’s study of people who always look for the best option, whom he calls maximizers, compared with people who are OK settling for something that’s good enough, whom he calls satisficers, he found maximizers experienced less satisfaction with life, were less happy, were less optimistic, and were more depressed than satisficers.
While Schwartz notes that the study finding does not mean being a maximizer causes unhappiness, he personally believes that being a maximizer plays a causal role in people’s unhappiness. They posit that your pool of decision-making energy is limited, and eventually, as your willpower depletes with each new decision you make, you’re more likely to either act impulsively or do nothing. It’s why the likes of President Barack Obama and Steve Jobs limited their clothing options — making too many trivial decisions would waste their ability to make other, more pressing decisions down the road. I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make. My suspicion is that it and dating sites have created just the thing I talk about in connection with consumer goods: Nobody’s good enough and you’re always worried you’re missing out.
Though the concept behind FOMO is fundamental to the paradox of choice, and indeed our human existence, the term itself is a millennial invention brought about by social media. Nobody makes plans because something better might turn up, and the result is that nobody ever does anything,” Schwartz says. This is what it sounds like. Please forward this error screen to 173. An overload of options, researchers say, may actually push people into decisions that are against their own best interest. The salad options at a Woolworths supermarket in Sydney, Australia. Too many choices can trouble consumers.