A new study done by researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University has found that more than 50% of people want to take revenge sooner rather than later, Daily Mail reports.
The research was conducted in 6 experiments on more than 1,500 participants, with 58% of them saying they would prefer immediate revenge to teach others a lesson, even if it resulted in lesser (underhand) actions taken towards the offending person.
The study also found that it’s possible to shift this preference towards delayed revenge, with 42% of respondents saying they would be willing to wait and get more vengeance, when told to sit and think about a past incident.
The research also found out that quick revenge is more desirable than money, with participants who were willing to bide their time for greater revenge being more willing to wait for that revenge than for monetary rewards.
The researchers hope that the findings of the study can shed more light on aggression or antisocial behavior. The research has been published in the journal Motivation Science.