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Why Do We Procrastinate?

Because procrastination is such a common problem, especially for students, we are presenting a series of articles that explore the issue in depth. (For the first in the series, click here.) This week, we examine the way procrastinators rationalize poor choices.

Christopher Scheer is a learning specialist at Touro University California.

For a human, every dawn brings the same personality test. Is she an “early bird” who bounds out of bed to greet the day, or a “night owl” who blinks at first light like a groggy bear waking from hibernation? owl with clock

If the latter, she is far more likely to employ that cruel self-torture device, the snooze button, a perfect technological expression of the increasingly prevalent problem of procrastination.

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