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Being Messy Is A Good Thing

Have you ever looked at your siblings/friend’s messy room or your colleagues messy desk and wondered how they function? It seems so disorganized and untidy. But according to science, its a positive thing.

As part of the study published in the journal ‘Psychological Science’, researchers asked participants to complete questionnaires in either a clean or untidy office littered with paper among other stationery provisions.

Participants were then asked to donate to charity, then to choose between eating an apple or a piece of chocolate on the way out. 

Scientists found that those who were in the tidy room donated more money and opted for the apple.

However, participants exposed to the messy setting in a separate test and asked to invent new uses for ping-pong balls came up with more creative and interesting ideas, according to impartial judges. 

Professor Vos reasoned that orderly environments “encourage convention and playing it safe”, while people are subconsciously encouraged to think creatively in a messier setting. 

A similar study using cluttered desks and shop fronts by researchers at the University of Groningen, Germany, made similar conclusions.

Messy desks may not be as detrimental as they appear to be, as the problem-solving approaches they seem to cause can boost work efficiency or enhance employees’ creativity in problem solving,” the authors noted in their journal article, The Daily Mail reported at the time.

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