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So many choices, so little time: measuring the effects of free choice and enjoyment on perception of free time, time pressure and time deprivation

This study examines the effects of free choice and enjoyment of activities on perceptions of free time. The study focuses on subjects' perceptions of the amount of free time available to them, perceptions of time pressure, and perceptions of time deprivation. Emotions elicited by perceptions of free time are also explored. The results suggest that having many choices for discretionary activities can by itself lead to feelings of time pressure, time deprivation, and a perceived shortage of free time. Reported time pressure and time deprivation were least when subjects thought of activities they have to do and do not enjoy

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