Friday, March 27, 2015

Research Finds Correlation Between Depression and Time in Meetings

Recent research (Gardner, 2015)* has found a strong correlation between depression and time in meetings. I have found through this research that this correlation is causal - the length of time in meetings directly influences and increases levels of depression while simultaneously decreasing happiness levels. The reverse is not necessarily true - increased depression does not necessarily increase the length of the meeting, though it will likely increase the perceived length of the meeting. See Figure 1 below.

Figure 1: Increases in meeting length have been shown to decrease happiness levels.

I will likely continue to conduct this experiential research, unfortunately.

References and Notes
Gardner, J. (2015). My experiential/observational meeting research.*

* Note that this is really just based on my own experiences and is not an actual research article. However, it is based on several thousands of hours of meetings and is rather conclusive.

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