Buying green products—some of the volunteers were given $25 to spend in the green store, while others were given $25 to spend in the conventional store—had an entirely different effect. Volunteers who bought up to $25 worth of ecofriendly stuff from the green store shared less money ($1.76) than those who purchased from the conventional store ($2.18). (Just to be clear, the volunteers were not given a choice about which online store to patronize.) For the green buyers, altruism in the dictator game decreased. More alarming, when the green buyers were then given a chance to cheat on a computer game, and lie about it to the scientists in order to win more money—basically, to steal—they did. Buyers of conventional products did not. And in an honor system in which they took money from an envelope to pay themselves their winnings, the green buyers stole six times more than the conventional buyers did.
What do you think?
The usual caveats for this kind of experiment apply. One hundred fifty-six university students may not be representative of society as a whole. The situation was artificial: playing the dictator game and the computer game, not helping a blind man across the street or volunteering at a soup kitchen. The amount of money at stake in the computer game where cheating and stealing were possible was small—less than $1. Still, as Mazar points out, the money was completely real to the volunteers, and she believes the findings do apply in the real world.
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:29 AM on Mar. 10, 2010
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Answer by Anonymous at 12:12 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Another example of a waste of time and money in the form of a study. I wonder what the tester was attempting to prove by using a group of random volunteers, not green vs anti-green individuals?
Answer by Anonymous at 12:16 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
Answer by Anonymous at 12:49 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
FYI when the study is "156 university students" then it is somebody's senior project or possibly a graduate thesis. This is not a waste of money. This is a learning experience. Think of it like a science fair project.
Answer by Anonymous at 12:56 PM on Mar. 10, 2010
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