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Scientists have found out why you are always late

Any person can be late due to too much traffic now a days or any other valid reasons, but the person who’s always five minutes late (at the earliest) – there is a problem in his personality. Actually a frustrating and rude art. Or, a side effect of your personality traits, researchers have found.

So what are the causes due to some people regularly miss trains, make it
to the wedding just after the bride’s shown up and regularly piss off
their friends? And why is it so hard for us to fix?
According to Sumathi Reddy reports for The Wall Street Journal, Researchers have been trying to tease this apart for decades, and have come across a few tell-tale traits.
Justin Kruger, a social psychologist from New York
University’s School of Business told Reddy,
There are all sorts of disincentives and punishments for being late,
and the paradox is we’re late even when those punishments and
consequences exist.” 
of the most obvious and common reasons that people are often reach late
is that they simply fail to accurately judge how long a task will take –
something known as the planning fallacy. Research has shown that people
on average underestimate how long a task will take to complete by a
significant 40 percent.
Another trait, which could very well be linked to the first, is that always-late-comers are more likely to be multitaskers. In a 2003 study led by Jeff Conte from San Diego State University in the US, observed that
out of 181 subway operators in New York City, those who preferred
multitasking – or polychronicity – were more often reach late to their jobs.

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This is because multitasking makes it harder to have metacognition, or awareness of what you’re doing, as Drake Baer reports for Business Insider.
In 2001, Conte also discovered that there’s also a personality type
that’s more likely to be late. While highly strung, achievement oriented
Type A individuals are more likely to be punctual, Type B individuals,
who are more laid-back, are later.
In fact, Type A and Type B people actually feel time pass differently, as Reddy reports.
Over three previous studies Conte found that, for Type A individuals, a
minute passed in 58 seconds, where as Type B people felt a minute pass
in a leisurely 77 seconds. 
“So if you have an 18-second gap… that difference can add up over time,” Conte told Reddy.
Of course, knowing all of this doesn’t necessarily help fix the problem – it’s estimated that the US loses US$90 billion each year as a result of people running late.
But scientists are also starting to hone in on strategies that can slowly improve our punctuality.
people who constantly underestimate tasks, breaking down an activity
into very detailed steps can help people more accurately estimate how
long something will take. A 2012 study also found that asking people to
mentally picture a task before they do it can help them be more
realistic about its duration, Reddy reports for The Wall Street Journal.
Late-comers also need to realise that they can’t be in two places at once, and try to plan fewer things, further apart. When
it comes to your personality type, unfortunately, there’s not too much
you can do to change that. But accepting that you need to overcompensate
for it may just help.
Sources: Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, 


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