A study conducted by a team at the University of Virginia found many people prefer electric shock to spending time alone with their thoughts. In fact, 67 percent of men, and 25 percent of women chose to shock themselves as a way to pass the time and avoid being alone with their thoughts. Many people crave solitude: they seek the opportunity for a break, a moment of silence, and time to just be. But this study suggests that people do not really enjoy being alone and that the idea of spending 10 minutes of solitude with their own thoughts is less pleasing than shock treatment. Additional studies have since been conducted, with one experiment that recruited individuals ranging from 18-77 years of age. Regardless of age, education, income, gender, or social media use the results consistently showed that people do not enjoy being alone with themselves.