Procrastinator? Blame the 'rents!

Last Update: April 12, 2014

Imagine the following scenario for a minute.

MOM: Have you done your homework Billy?

BILLY: No mom, I'll do it tomorrow.

MOM: Billy, you can't keep putting things off until tomorrow!

BILLY: I try mom, but it's your genes that made me this way!


That's right! This past week procrastination has been suggested to be hereditary by a new study published in the Psychological Science journal.

''Everyone procrastinates at least sometimes, but we wanted to explore why some people procrastinate more than others...Answering why that’s the case would give us some interesting insights into what procrastination is, why it occurs, and how to minimize it.'' explains Daniel Gustavson, the study's author.

To determine the link between the tendency to procrastinate and genetic inheritance, they have looked at 347 twins (both identical and fraternal). Comparing their similarities/differences, allowed them to evaluate the degree of their shared behavior being a result of their shared DNA. It was then possible to calculate statistically that the ''procrastination trait'' came from our genetic coding. The result: Genetic inheritance influenced the chance of whether the average person would be a procrastinator or not by 46%.

I'd make sure your children, young and old, are not aware of this new study. Imagine having had this information back when we were kids, parents could not have argued with that reply!


Off I go to clean the dishes. I was suppose to do yesterday, but it's not my fault, it's genetics! ;)
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RickBell57 Premium
I never procrastinate. It is my nature to do it now. But, I cannot get ahead no matter what... Maybe I'm too busy doing something now!
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DNTL Premium
Haha, probably are! Nevertheless, that's a good quality to have. It's quite the race out there, but at least you are moving along!
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speedking Premium
That will be highly appreciated ......thanks !
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DNTL Premium
You got it! :)
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speedking Premium
Procrastination the thief of time !..........im guilty , and if i dont change my ways its going to cost me alot of money !!!
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DNTL Premium
If you need a reminder, I'll gladly send you a weekly message to remind you to get working, lol! ;)
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derront Premium
That was great. Especially since I just came off a weekend of procrastinating. Lol
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DNTL Premium
Thanks, glad it made you feel less guilty! ;)
Tell me about it, the one thing I did was this blog
(and I wanted to write it last Monday, lol)
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DNave Premium
Great blog! My son puts off everything but my daughter doesn't. What the heck? Guess she takes after me and he takes after my husband!
Dawn
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DNTL Premium
Thanks! Haha, of course she does. You heard the study first, you pick where the "good" genes come from. ;)
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Crystal2010 Premium
That is what is wrong with society today they always want to blame someone else instead of excepting responsibly.
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DNTL Premium
True. The author of the study was probably a procrastinator, looking for an excuse. ;)
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KatieMac Premium
it always makes life easier to blame something or someone else lol, but we all have days or moments of procrastination, enjoyed your post thanks for sharing
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DNTL Premium
Thanks! We do, it helped me feel better today, those dishes are still in the kitchen sink. ;p
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BIS Premium
Lovely to have another thing I can blame the parents for - LOL! :)Beverley
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DNTL Premium
Haha! Since this study came out, I have a feeling there's been heated conversations at a lot of family dinner tables. ;)
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BIS Premium
I think you're probably right!
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gusti Premium
I saw your post hours a go and I just read it now.. hhmm.. it must be my mom and dad fault! :-)) ... great post Genevieve!
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DNTL Premium
Lol, yep their to blame! What a shame... ;p
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Freedomseekr Premium
So, that's why....I should've known, since my parents are great at the art of procrastination. Good to know it's not just me, lol.
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DNTL Premium
Haha, it's true that it is an art. Maybe we should feel blessed not cursed with this inheritance. ;)
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ShirleyNot Premium
I have been procrastinating all day. I have just run out of 'things to do', so I think I'll call my mum and have words with her about this...
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DNTL Premium
Procrastinating on a Sunday? That's quite alright! You don't have to explain or blame that on anyone, it's a free procrastination pass. ;)
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nomda ploom Premium
I think that I will hold off telling the kids about this. I will do it another time....LOL
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DNTL Premium
Lol, yeah! Just make sure they're not online reading the latest science news (ya right!).
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Businessmama Premium
Ha! I can blame it on my parents! YAY!!
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DNTL Premium
Absolutely! Shhh, keep this to yourself! ;)
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TravelHacker Premium
I definitely blame my procrastination on my parents, but I think it's more about learned habits than anything else...
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DNTL Premium
Now you have the study to prove it! That's one tough habit to break, but since it's of no fault of your own, don't be too hard on yourself. ;p
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Scorpio15 Premium
I am a classic procrastinator so thanks for the information...so there is not something wrong with me.......
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DNTL Premium
That's great, the first step is admitting you have a problem. ;)
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Sui_generis Premium
Wow, that explains so much! Whoooo Hoooo. I thought it was a defect but it's really genetics. Why didn't I know this MANY years ago. :-)
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DNTL Premium
Haha, I know! There are so many times I would go back to and show this study. A lot having to do with house cleaning chores. :)
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BeTheLight Premium
What a great article.. thanks for posting that!
Woo Hoo... Now I can call and blame my parents for all of my procrastination issues... but of course I'll be putting it off until tomorrow
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DNTL Premium
Thank you! Told ya you'd like this info ;)...call them tomorrow to prove the study right, lol.
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Pro2100 Premium
You bet me to the punch I was just going to write a blog on this very subject I was just procrastinating how I was going to word it.
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DNTL Premium
Haha, too funny. I was actually going to write this on Monday...also procrastinated, lol.
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Karyskis Premium
I'm going to read this tomorrow, but thanks for posting.
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DNTL Premium
Lol, love your humor! Or are you a "real" procrastinator. ;)
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Starcreator Premium
Some of us might procrastinate, but we may be thinking and making plans too.
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DNTL Premium
Good point! That was actually mentioned in an article I read when doing research.
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Trialynn Premium
So happy that some genetically passed traits can be overcome! I suppose, if left to my very own desires, I would be a procrastinator. It is the easy way. It is nice to know I can blame my parents for something though!
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DNTL Premium
Yup, can be overcome, yet kinda fun to have a study in our favor to fall back on. ;)
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Trialynn Premium
At least we know what prompted it in the first place!!
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Bill67 Premium
Hey wait I was called "Billy" when I was in school and that did not work for me. Some of us fall into the procrastination pit from time to time. Very well put thank you
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DNTL Premium
Thanks! Sorry "Billy", the study came a few years too late. :(
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Melanie1508 Premium
Wow....excellent blog. So...we finally found out who's "fault" it is. *smile* I am so glad that my parents did not procrastinate....but I sometimes do. Hmmm...who can I blame now? :)
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DNTL Premium
Thanks Melanie! Hum...the milk man? Lol
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L8Sunrise Premium
Interesting research. Wouldn't have made a difference in my parents' case. They'd still think I'm making excuses.
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DNTL Premium
Haha, well at least you would have looked more legit with the study in hand!
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Funmine Premium
I don't see how parents can wiggle themselves out of this one. Or wait a minute, maybe the grandparents will take the blame. Where does it end?

Nice post!

Ade
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DNTL Premium
Lol, good one! That's true, the blame game can go up the whole family tree. Thanks!
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gusti Premium
and it will end-up at Adam and Eve? wuuaahhh.. that's breaking news!
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Funmine Premium
You're very smart, Gusti! Can I like your comment twice? Yes I did.

Ade
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gusti Premium
he.he.he.. thanks Ade, you two!
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gypsyr Premium
Hahaha, so that is where I got it from! Thanks for sharing!
Gypsy :)
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DNTL Premium
Finally, they solved the mystery of our procrastination! ;) Thanks for the read!
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Tracy47 Premium
It's all making sense now! Haha.... By the way, LOVE your profile picture.
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DNTL Premium
Thanks Tracy! Lol, finally the answer! ;)
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