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Here’s To A Long Life

No stress? Really?

Someone sent me a link to some click-bait site recently because the content was all about being me.

Well, it was about being someone with many of my traits and predispositions.

It had the dubious, yet encouraging title, “People Who Are Always Late Are More Successful And Live Longer, Says Science” …

Encouraging because, hey, who doesn’t want to live longer? Well, most of us do.

And dubious?

Yeah, well, I’ve never met this person called “Science” and I’ve never heard that Science could actually say anything.

It goes on to say that being late is “strongly associated to optimism.” Those aren’t science words, those are “content generation” words.

Strongly associated is …

… not a measurable scientific quantification.

And here’s another statement I found amusing, yet alarming, “People who are late have a greater inability to feel stressed, leading to health benefits, but also think outside the box and look at the bigger picture.”

What is “A greater inability?”

Yeah, no, not sure about that either. And FYI, the reason I’m almost never late is because I feel stressed to the max when I am.

But I feel stressed when I’m not also, because I usually have dropped the ball on something important in order to be on time.

And next …

They followed up the “greater inability” statement with the line, “All of these things lead to greater success at work, alongside a longer life.”

Well, most of us who are perpetually in danger of being late are also frequently moving to “another job.” Who has time for success?

Nope, no more time

I wrote about time all last week, I don’t have the time to write more on that now. And yes, I’m aware that being late is a time thing, but the article goes on to discuss people who multitask (identified as those who are chronically late), people who get distracted, people with spontaneous behavior …

Basically the article is about us, but doesn’t give us credit. and yes, it’s written AS content, not really WITH content.

But I can’t judge

Here’s a little secret, this blog that I write, it’s written as content. The fact that I care about what I write, the fact that I write about what I know about and  don’t just make sensational statements couched in qualifying phrases is a bonus to my readers.

But since I write content, I can’t judge other content. But I have no problem pointing out what I would judge and saying why it bothers me.

So this article …

… that I’m talking about uses no references to any studies directly, only links to other stories. And the things it says are sensational in subtle ways.

And I’ve made a point of not linking to it yet because before you read it, I want to warn you that it is click bait, you will see links, but they are links to Alice’s rabbit hole.

And you?

You, if you have ADHD, are susceptible to being distracted by such things. You’re the last person I should share this link with.

But as a responsible journalist, I’m obligated to do just that.

Just remember, you were warned. Don’t get lost, I don’t want you being late.

‘Cause no matter what this article says, you’ll get stressed over it …

Here’s To A Long Life

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or more generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about having ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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APA Reference
Babcock, K. (2017). Here’s To A Long Life. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 10, 2018, from


Last updated: 6 Nov 2017
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 6 Nov 2017
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