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Children’s Ability to Self Control is Changing – The Washington Post

October 3, 2017

You’ve heard the old trope, and perhaps you’ve even uttered it yourself: “Oh, kids these days!” Usually it’s accompanied with an eye roll and a sigh. But this tendency for older generations to automatically assume the next generation of kids is not only very different but much worse than they were is more a look into societal fantasies rather than a reflection of reality. New studies at the University of California Santa Barbara show something quite amazing about today’s kids’ ability to self control and delay self-gratification. Comparing how kids rated in the “marshmallow test” over decades, researchers were able to conclude that kids’ control and attention isn’t worsening–it’s quite the opposite. Read the full article by the Washington Post.