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Shocking Study: People Prefer Jolts to Alone Time

BEIJING, CHINA: A woman reads a text message on her mobile phone, 14 June 2004 in Beijing. Finnish mobile giant Nokia expects the number of mobile phone users to hit 2 billion globally by 2007, up from the current 1.5 billion, with expectations of three million new users coming from the Asia-Pacific region. The company recently announced it would expand its research and development activities in China, the world's largest cell phone market, where one in four people will have a mobile phone by the end of the year. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images) FREDERIC J. BROWN / AFP/Getty Images

People are so uncomfortable with quiet contemplation that many of them – especially men – would rather experience minor electrical shocks.

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