Social loafing describes the tendency of individuals to put forth less effort when they are part of a group. Because all members of the group are pooling their effort to achieve a common goal, each member of the group contributes less than they would if they were individually responsible. -What is Social Loafing
What an amazing phenomenon! Social loafing is the answer is to my prayers, and should be the answer to yours as well. Here's how it works: let's say, as Max Ringelmann did, that you put a bunch of dudes together and surreptitiously judge them individually in a rope pull, you know...tug of war style.
ALLEGEDLY you'd find that no one does as well or tries as hard when they think they're part of a team. Apparently when we're working together we wimp out out and stop putting forth our most diligent effort.
Max Ringelmann (1913) found that when a group of men were asked to pull on a rope, they each pulled less hard than when pulling alone. -Social Loafing
See? It's true. The Internet says so.
|These kids don't even appear to be |
PRETENDING to try.
You know what I think about this? KUDOS to us!! Because why bother?
As part of a team I've always assumed that everyone knows I'm not really trying. I mean, if I was out there doing my BEST then what do I need a team for?!? As people have said before me, "there's no 'I' in team" and to me that means, "*I*don't have to work."
This is such great news for you, reader, because I have just given you a jewel. A gift with unending possibility. You don't ever have to be responsible for one single thing ever again...just form a team, committee, group or panel in every endeavor. Then sit back and put your feet up!
As Max informed us way back in the teens, it's what we're supposed to do! And I think that's just swimming.
|Proof: these men don't have to swim as hard |
because they're in a school of fish!!
*The kids come from boisedailyphoto.com. They're very lazy in Boise. Everyone knows that. Lazy fishmen come from flickamag.com. I don't know much about fishmen because my mom always told me to stay away from them: "Never trust a man with gills."