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  • Do you ever get the sense that rich people are more likely to be rude or self-centered?

  • Well, we decided it was time to find out whether or not rich people are actually more likely to be jerks.

  • Ever been cut off while driving? It was more likely by a Mercedes than a 20 year old junker.

  • Multiple studies have found that the more expensive your car is the more likely you are to

  • not only cut in front of other vehicles but also drive through crosswalks when a pedestrian is waiting to cross.

  • In one study those with the most expensive cars cut pedestrians off 42% of the time.

  • Now, imagine you waited in a line for 10 minutes to buy a coffee and a muffin at Starbucks.

  • But when you're a couple of blocks away you realize that the clerk gave

  • you change for $20 rather than for the $10 you gave him

  • Do you A) savour your coffee and the free $10 or B) go back and return the change?

  • It turns out those with more money are more likely to respond that they would keep it.

  • And the amount of money you have also affects how much you look at people.

  • Using Google glass to track eye movements of people in a study walking around the block.

  • Wealthy people spend significantly less time in social gazes. In other words,

  • they're more likely to straight-up ignore other people.

  • But, certainly the rich are more generous in the poor, right, though the rich may cut a bigger check in the U.S.

  • Nationwide survey data shows that the wealthy contribute a lower percentage of their household income.

  • For example a household that makes under $25,000 in the u.s.. donate around 4.2% of their earnings,

  • but those making $100,000 or more only contribute 2.7%.

  • Even when people are arbitrarily put in charge or given power. It makes them more selfish.

  • Imagine you're put into a group of 3 people to make some important policy recommendations and you're told you're in charge of the group.

  • A plate of 5 yummy cookies gets put in front of you.

  • And naturally everybody takes one. Do you take another?

  • It turns out in studies the person in charge is most likely to take the fourth cookie while everybody leaves the last one on the plate to be polite

  • So, our rude people just more likely to become rich? Or does being rich make you worse?

  • Counter to what we might believe people who are the most likely to gain power in a group are actually the emotionally intelligent

  • ones who focus on others practice generosity and aren't the bullies

  • Studies even find that college students at the top of the social hierarchy tend to be the most Pro-social

  • and compassionate versus selfish. It all goes back to our hunter-gatherer roots where individuals who share food and resources,

  • rise in ranks, but this leads to the power paradox. To gain power you need empathy.

  • But, once you feel powerful you become more self focused you can even see this in the brain when using FMRI scans.

  • Areas like the prefrontal cortex that activate when understanding mental states or considering the thoughts of others,

  • show less activity in those with a higher social class

  • Poor people also have a greater ability to assess the emotional states of others have more interpersonal interactions, greater

  • eye contact, head nodding and laughing compared to richer people who are more likely to self groom, fidget or doodle.

  • One possible explanation for this is that people with less materials resources and

  • privilege rely more on others to meet their needs and this creates a pressure to be more emotionally intelligent.

  • So, of course not all rich people are jerks.

  • But in general as your wealth increases your empathy decreases. Making rich people statistically more likely to be jerks

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Do you ever get the sense that rich people are more likely to be rude or self-centered?

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/07
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