“Maybe, as the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald suggested, the rich really are different. They're more likely to behave badly, according to seven experiments that weighed the ethics of hundreds of people.
The "upper class," as defined by the study, were more likely to break the law while driving, take candy from children, lie in negotiation, cheat to increase their odds of winning a prize and endorse unethical behavior at work, researchers reported today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Taken together, the experiments suggest at least some wealthier people "perceive greed as positive and beneficial," probably as a result of education, personal independence and the resources they have to deal with potentially negative consequences, the authors wrote.
While the tests measured only "minor infractions," that factor made the results, "even more surprising," said Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California , Berkeley, and a study author.
One experiment invited 195 adults recruited using Craigslist to play a game in which a computer "rolled dice" for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate. The numbers each participant rolled were the same; anyone self reporting a total higher than 12 was lying about their score. Those in wealthier classes were found to be more likely to fib, Piff said.
"A $50 prize is a measly sum to people who make $250,000 a year," he said. "So why are they more inclined to cheat? For a person with lower socioeconomic status, that $50 would get you more, and the risks are small." “-(Credit: Yahoo )
And the biggest non-news story of the year goes to…..YAHOO NEWS! Congrats! Thank God for your groundbreaking journalism because without it I wouldn’t know rich people are greedier than poor people. Rich people are more likely to lie and cheat? Ummm Yea no fucking shit. Any idiot could tell you that. That is why they are rich. Rich people lie and cheat their way to the top. Haven’t you ever seen Wall Street? Michael Douglas just straight up lying and cheating for days. Rich people lie and cheat. That’s just a fact that doesn’t need a study to be validated. That is how the world works. Everyone knows that. Don’t get me wrong. I ain’t knocking them. That’s how you play the game. You have to screw someone over to get to the top. Whether it’s telling your boss your co-worker is a druggie in order to get a promotion or lying about a dice game to a scientist in order to get $50. It’s all the same. You can’t be a nice guy and make it in the business world. It’s a sad truth but it certainly isn’t news. There is nothing new about rich people lying and cheating. It’s been that way since the dawn of time. That’s like saying “BREAKING NEWS: NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT LIONS ARE MORE AGGRESSIVE THAN RABBITS” This is shit everyone knows. Why are we paying people money to do these studies? Pointless waste of money. I say that but you see these types of studies all the time. I wouldn’t be surprised if I went online tomorrow and saw this “BREAKING NEWS: NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT SMOKING IS BAD FOR YOUR LUNGS”. Come on scientists. There has to be bigger world problems to solve out there. Get your shit together. As for you Yahoo….I don’t expect much from you anyway….but you could at least act like you are trying….
P.S. Favorite quote: “While the tests measured only "minor infractions," that factor made the results, "even more surprising," said Paul Piff, a Ph.D. candidate in psychology at the University of California , Berkeley, and a study author. “ If you are surprised by these results then you do not deserve your Ph.D. Hey someone had to say it.