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ERIC Number: ED070995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Aug
Pages: 8
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Predictions of Future Daily Behaviors: A Further Replication.
Bull, C. Neil
The present study is a continuation of a series of studies dealing with predictions of future daily behaviors. Because of the finite nature of time, people have to make choices among activities, bearing in mind the duration of such activities. The dimension of "discretion", which deals specifically with the duration of time a person spends on an activity, is introduced as a determinant of action; this is in contrast to the findings of earlier studies which credited the stability and rountinization of an individual's social life as the best predictor of stability of behavior in that position. Research was done with senior classes in sociology during the first week of a new semester and again halfway through that semester in an effort to determine the subjects ability to predict what they would do during the next day. Data show that leisure and social activities are most flexible in that they are included and dropped most frequently in a day and that they are also least well predicted with respect to time. The author feels that his findings lend further support to the concept of discretion as the central dimension to the measurement of leisure. Weak support is given to the contention that the routinization of social life as measured by length of time spent in a position reduces the errors in predicting future behaviors. References are included. (Author/SES)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, August 28-31, 1972)