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Comment author: shminux 14 September 2012 06:16:18PM *  -1 points [-]

Then I do not understand your request for further explanations.

Comment author: TheOtherDave 14 September 2012 06:18:42PM 0 points [-]

I am confused by your confusion. The claim wasn't that content people whine less, it was that they're more likely to keep quiet. The only way I can make sense of your comments is if you're equating the two -- that is, if you assume that the only options are "keep quiet" or "whine" -- but that seems an uncharitable reading. Still, if that is what you mean, I simply disagree.

Comment author: shminux 14 September 2012 06:31:26PM 0 points [-]

if you assume that the only options are "keep quiet" or "whine"

Yeah, I phrased it quite poorly. Should have been "speak up less". The point I was (unsuccessfully) making is that both groups have an option of acting (expensive) or not acting (cheap). Acting is what people generally do when they want to change the current state of the world, and non-acting when they are happy with it. Thus any expensive reaction is skewed toward negative. I should probably look up some sources on that, but I will just tap out instead, due to rapidly waning interest.