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(Science Daily)   "Lost letter" experiment proves rich Londoners are uncharacteristically more altruistic than poor Cockeys--or else they are using the letter boxes as dustbins because they hate an untidy street. Results are open to interpretation   (sciencedaily.com) divider line 19
    More: Obvious, Londoners, altruisms, social psychologist, urban areas, social cohesion, gray matter, Ebenezer Scrooge, population density  
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2012-08-16 10:56:38 AM
Well, when you live a life of leisure you have time to do silly things like moving pieces of paper from one place to another.
 
2012-08-16 11:58:24 AM
Cockeys?
 
2012-08-16 12:11:53 PM
I believe subby dropped an N on the way to the submit button.
 
2012-08-16 12:18:09 PM
The letter's contents:

4 8 15 16 23 42
 
2012-08-16 12:32:01 PM
More then likely the letters in the poorer neighborhoods were opened to see if anything of value was in them.
Maybe a birthday card with cash in it?
 
2012-08-16 12:33:18 PM
 
2012-08-16 12:47:44 PM
there is usually so much garbage all over the streets/sidewalks/lawns in poor neighborhoods the letters probably blended right in.
 
2012-08-16 12:57:35 PM
Poorer people have less time to deal with stuff like this.  Has little to do with altruism, IMHO.
 
Also, could it be that mail is unconsiously seen as bad in poorer neighborhoods.  Think about it.  To the poor... the mail means bills they can't pay, collection notices, etc.  They may subconsciously see lost mail as a *good* thing.
 
Pure speculation here... but I think all in all this experiment is short-sighted.
 
2012-08-16 01:06:22 PM
Cockeyed?
 
2012-08-16 01:09:25 PM
I would hate to be a dustbin in Shaftesbury tonight.
 
2012-08-16 01:26:54 PM
Were the letters dropped the same distance from a letter box?
Does one group of people no longer recognize a letter or what to do with it?
 
2012-08-16 02:19:36 PM

cig-mkr: More then likely the letters in the poorer neighborhoods were opened to see if anything of value was in them.
Maybe a birthday card with cash in it?


Pretty much this.
 
2012-08-16 03:16:01 PM

WelldeadLink: Were the letters dropped the same distance from a letter box?
Does one group of people no longer recognize a letter or what to do with it?


Were the neighbourhoods ones with Post Offices were still open?
Are affluent people more likely to walking to or near a box?
Were the affluent neighbourhoods tidier, so a dropped letter was more noticeable, as opposed to being subsumed with all the other litter? Did the poorer neighbourhoods have loitering gangs that might make altruistic individuals wary of picking an envelope off the strert?

Did this study control for any of these factors?
 
2012-08-16 03:45:13 PM
 
2012-08-16 04:06:15 PM

gwowen: Did this study control for any of these factors?



Looks like the study didn't control for any factors.
 
2012-08-16 07:04:20 PM
In other news, poor people want the amount of money you could fit into an envelope much more than rich people do.
 
2012-08-16 11:39:21 PM

downstairs: Poorer people have less time to deal with stuff like this. Has little to do with altruism, IMHO.

Also, could it be that mail is unconsiously seen as bad in poorer neighborhoods. Think about it. To the poor... the mail means bills they can't pay, collection notices, etc. They may subconsciously see lost mail as a *good* thing.

Pure speculation here... but I think all in all this experiment is short-sighted.


Probably more crime in the poorer neighborhoods, as in, paying too much attention to something that doesn't concern you often could have bad consequences.
 
2012-08-17 01:14:36 PM
Or maybe poor people are poor because 'Love thy neighbor' has implications in education and the workplace as well.
 
2012-08-17 09:08:26 PM
Of course, the rich steam the stamps off of the letters before mailing them. Waste not, want not. It's the way of the rich. Or slightly richer.
 
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