Need to make a fast decision? Try not to pee

Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions
Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions

We’ve all been there, or have seen it in others on various occasions.

The inevitably bad-time moment when you have to do two things at the exact same time: make an important decision, or pee your pants.

And science has proven what people instinctively know:  HAVING TO GO TO THE BATHROOM CAN FORCE A DECISION TO BE MADE QUICKLY.

This all stems from a simple scientific question: what happens when people experience higher levels of bladder control?  The theory being that if someone has complete control over their bodily functions, can they control other impulses as well?

In case Web Watch readers were wondering, it can take about 40 minutes for a glass of water to reach the bladder.  Glad we could help.

Using that knowledge, the researchers forced test subjects to drink a significant amount of water, and then asked them a question related to a financial award they would receive.  But the study showed was that those participants that had full bladders were better able to hold out for a larger financial reward.  The conclusion was that the need to pee led the participants to make the best decisions.