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(Cracked)   Having a lot of money turns people into dicks, and here's the science to prove it   (cracked.com) divider line
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2020-08-05 9:55:57 AM  
I'd be willing to risk it.
 
2020-08-05 10:22:06 AM  
I'm already a dick, so I'm immune to the effects of lots of money
 
2020-08-05 10:22:52 AM  
It's the equivalent of god mode in a game. Most become instant assholes.
 
2020-08-05 10:24:03 AM  

bloobeary: I'd be willing to risk it.


You and 99.99% of the planet, so you ain't so special.
 
2020-08-05 10:25:41 AM  
I heard Drew was going to up TF to 9.99 a month and make lame excuses why we have to see Google ads.
 
2020-08-05 10:27:45 AM  
I'm a dick, but if I were rich I'd live in a cabin/compound in the middle of a couple thousand acres and no one would see me again, so it would even out.
 
2020-08-05 10:29:19 AM  
It sounds perilous.
 
2020-08-05 10:29:22 AM  

Tchernobog: I'm a dick, but if I were rich I'd live in a cabin/compound in the middle of a couple thousand acres and no one would see me again, so it would even out.


Would it have a basement, because then we'd really feel safe.

Except for the pizza delivery guy.
 
2020-08-05 10:30:38 AM  
I can't remember who said it first, but there's a school of thought that your true self is not during a time of crisis, but when you have absolute freedom and power to do whatever you want. And it turns out, a lot of people choose to be arseholes.
 
2020-08-05 10:33:32 AM  

Znuh: It's the equivalent of god mode in a game. Most become instant assholes.


What, you mean like 

FKDAR
AMETS
RORE?
 
2020-08-05 10:35:11 AM  
CMET
ROBC
YRIH
 
2020-08-05 10:42:25 AM  

Tchernobog: I'm a dick, but if I were rich I'd live in a cabin/compound in the middle of a couple thousand acres and no one would see me again, so it would even out.


This does show the difference between rich people and everyone else. I live in a city in a tiny place because I need to work. If I didn't have to work, and could afford anything I ever wanted, I would be out in the countryside, just like you propose. The only time I would leave would be to go on holidays in beautiful places, preferably via private jet.

Why the fark do rich people like living in cities so much? If you're wealthy enough to have private chefs and anything your heart desires brought for you, why do you need proximity?
 
2020-08-05 10:47:24 AM  

Shaggy_C: Tchernobog: I'm a dick, but if I were rich I'd live in a cabin/compound in the middle of a couple thousand acres and no one would see me again, so it would even out.

This does show the difference between rich people and everyone else. I live in a city in a tiny place because I need to work. If I didn't have to work, and could afford anything I ever wanted, I would be out in the countryside, just like you propose. The only time I would leave would be to go on holidays in beautiful places, preferably via private jet.

Why the fark do rich people like living in cities so much? If you're wealthy enough to have private chefs and anything your heart desires brought for you, why do you need proximity?


Beats me.  I'd love a couple thousand acres in the middle of nowhere.  Greenhouse, maybe a few animals but mostly hunting and fishing.

Show up in the general store every few months looking like grizzly Adams for a sack of salt and flour.

That's basically my lottery plan.
 
2020-08-05 10:51:52 AM  
If i were rich I'd have the next big AAA game title written in COBOL.
 
2020-08-05 10:57:36 AM  
Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, paid zero taxes. He paid 0 taxes. That's as much as no taxes at all.

I bet that
 
2020-08-05 10:58:34 AM  

Shaggy_C: Why the fark do rich people like living in cities so much? If you're wealthy enough to have private chefs and anything your heart desires brought for you, why do you need proximity?


What good is being a rich asshole if you cant rub it in other people's faces?
 
2020-08-05 10:59:22 AM  

Nimbull: If i were rich I'd have the next big AAA game title written in COBOL.


You are a sick, sadist. fark. I mean... worse than the raiders in the Fallout games.
 
2020-08-05 11:00:32 AM  
... makes Trump even more jealous.

/ Damn phone layout
 
2020-08-05 11:03:24 AM  

Marcos P: What good is being a rich asshole if you cant rub it in other people's faces?


Yes, yes, the idea of 'poors' forlornly looking at me riding in my Bentley from their 1995 Honda Civic while we both are stuck in the same Manhattan traffic really gets me excited!
 
2020-08-05 11:04:06 AM  
I volunteer to be tested on this hypothesis and disprove it. 30 million or so should do it. Send it to me any time.
 
2020-08-05 11:06:14 AM  
I can't believe Cracked scooped Nature on this one.
 
2020-08-05 11:08:14 AM  
This has already been proven:

South Park: Chimpanzee with Money [HD]
Youtube 3V2HxWrlqqE
 
2020-08-05 11:16:27 AM  
It's certainly true if you grow up without any financial constraints.  A kid can quickly learn that most of his actions have very few real consequences.   You don't really have to work or excel in school, you don't really have to be nice to other people, you can do a lot of shiat and still have all your toys at the end of the day.

I think the big dividing line between the upper class and middle class is whether you're imprinted with the belief that "I better do X or I'll be completely boned."  I better get that degree or I won't have a career, I better finish that paper or I'll end up working at a gas station, I better be good to people or else there will be consequences.  There's no comfortable life I can revert to by default if I fail.

When I was in college, a dude on my floor dated a girl with super-rich parents.  She was still in high school, but she was always hanging out on our floor because she constantly skipped school.  This put her on the verge of being expelled (never expelled, rich dad, so always "on the verge") because she'd rather spend her time shopping and partying and whatevs.  In addition she had no redeeming social qualities:  she was a dullard, exceptionally shallow, and not a nice person.

Apparently she simply learned that she didn't really have to do anything she didn't want.   Of course, that wasn't very bright, because once she turned 18 her exasperated father kicked her out of the house and cut her off.  The last time I saw her, she was fighting with her boyfriend over arithmetic:  she had $400 left in her bank account, and she insisted that would pay two months of rent at $250.  He had to show her on a calculator that it wasn't true.

/Also, I dig the article's forty cakes reference
 
2020-08-05 11:30:14 AM  
"For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
1 Timothy 6:10

/oblig
 
2020-08-05 11:36:20 AM  

Myrdinn: Nimbull: If i were rich I'd have the next big AAA game title written in COBOL.

You are a sick, sadist. fark. I mean... worse than the raiders in the Fallout games.


Come on out... I'll compile it nice and quick... You can trust my cert...
 
2020-08-05 11:43:48 AM  

Nimbull: Myrdinn: Nimbull: If i were rich I'd have the next big AAA game title written in COBOL.

You are a sick, sadist. fark. I mean... worse than the raiders in the Fallout games.

Come on out... I'll compile it nice and quick... You can trust my cert...


Only because this five pages of code here would be one line in any other non-committee designed modern language. ;-)
 
2020-08-05 11:55:08 AM  
I'm pretty sure this is less a 'money turns people into jerks' and more of a 'the biggest jerks tend to seek out giant piles of cash.' It's a lot easier to succeed when you lack empathy.
 
2020-08-05 12:04:59 PM  

MusicMakeMyHeadPound: CMET
ROBC
YRIH


KLAATU

BARADA

NIKTO

/Am I doing this right?
 
2020-08-05 12:21:57 PM  
C'est vrai. Poor dudes fark better, too.
 
2020-08-05 12:33:50 PM  

GodComplex: I'm pretty sure this is less a 'money turns people into jerks' and more of a 'the biggest jerks tend to seek out giant piles of cash.' It's a lot easier to succeed when you lack empathy.


There's a fair bit of science supporting the position: 'money turns people into jerks'.
 
2020-08-05 12:34:15 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: MusicMakeMyHeadPound: CMET
ROBC
YRIH

KLAATU

BARADA

NIKTO

/Am I doing this right?


N
O

:)
 
2020-08-05 1:11:28 PM  

GodComplex: I'm pretty sure this is less a 'money turns people into jerks' and more of a 'the biggest jerks tend to seek out giant piles of cash.' It's a lot easier to succeed when you lack empathy.


Yeah, everyone believes they'd be nice if only they were rich. Excels, like Incels who believe that if only they had a girlfriend they'd treat her better than anyone was ever treated.
 
2020-08-05 1:17:57 PM  

AtlanticCoast63: KLAATU

BARADA

NIKTO

/Am I doing this right?


Dangit, now all the Deadites are laying back down in their graves.  I had ZOMBIE INVASION for early August.
 
2020-08-05 1:18:28 PM  
Power corrupts.  Absolutely.  Wealth is one of the greatest form of power.
 
2020-08-05 1:23:25 PM  

Znuh: It's the equivalent of god mode in a game. Most become instant assholes.


I have murder a lot of SIMs by using the cheat code to get a lot of money then building a lot of stuff to Fark with them. Hmmmm.....
 
2020-08-05 2:24:31 PM  
Money didn't change me. To paraphrase Mayor Deebs, "I'd rather be here on Fark than with the finest people in the world."


Roxanne - The Finest People in the World
Youtube 5wx-baOoQNs


Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

Does anyone really thing Jeff Bezos would be a nice guy if he was just a working stiff making $50k/yr (rather than every second)?
 
2020-08-05 2:47:38 PM  
Money doesn't change someone it reveals them.

For example I do not yell at a guy for being a complete moron after I show him how to copy a file to a usb drive for the tenth time in ten years. I mostly like and need my job. So I remain silent no matter how much I'm cussing him out internally. Money just means I could speak my mind, and if I lost my job because of it, who cares I've got money. Sounds liberating to me.
 
2020-08-05 3:32:47 PM  

Rock Krenn: Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).


It's a bit of both.  Yes, you can't really ever become a billionaire unless you're willing to be selfish and unscrupulous (which is a diplomatic way of saying "engaging in wage theft and tax evasion at every turn"), but people who come into money--even fake money, like in a board or video game--are also changed by it, and studies show that it actually does make you more selfish and willing to flout rules and laws.
 
2020-08-05 4:03:44 PM  

Znuh: It's the equivalent of god mode in a game. Most become instant assholes.


and they always need more money and control.   once they are able to own everything in this nation, then they'll go after each other.  a crony capitalist feeding frenzy.  like sharks.
 
2020-08-05 4:06:04 PM  

Arkanaut: I can't remember who said it first, but there's a school of thought that your true self is not during a time of crisis, but when you have absolute freedom and power to do whatever you want. And it turns out, a lot of people choose to be arseholes.



The true measure of a person is how they treat someone who can't possibly do them any good.

which would apply to most rich capitalist assholes.
 
2020-08-05 4:07:12 PM  

austerity101: Rock Krenn: Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

It's a bit of both.  Yes, you can't really ever become a billionaire unless you're willing to be selfish and unscrupulous (which is a diplomatic way of saying "engaging in wage theft and tax evasion at every turn"), but people who come into money--even fake money, like in a board or video game--are also changed by it, and studies show that it actually does make you more selfish and willing to flout rules and laws.


approx 66% of the wealthy turds in murca inherited it.


which would explain alot of things these days.
 
2020-08-05 4:11:32 PM  

Shaggy_C: Tchernobog: I'm a dick, but if I were rich I'd live in a cabin/compound in the middle of a couple thousand acres and no one would see me again, so it would even out.

This does show the difference between rich people and everyone else. I live in a city in a tiny place because I need to work. If I didn't have to work, and could afford anything I ever wanted, I would be out in the countryside, just like you propose. The only time I would leave would be to go on holidays in beautiful places, preferably via private jet.

Why the fark do rich people like living in cities so much? If you're wealthy enough to have private chefs and anything your heart desires brought for you, why do you need proximity?


because many wealthy turds have ego problems.  they spend all their time trying to outdo their wealthy "friends".

i saw a program on TV that interviewed a psychiatrist in NYC whose clients were wealthy people.
he said they are the most fuked up (my words, not his) people you can imagine.

he said they live in their own fantasy world and spend most of their time (the rich have alot of free time) thinking about what their rich "friends" are up to and how to outdo them.

pretty shocking to watch this guy explain people that i would not want to be around yet who are admired by most people in the country.
 
2020-08-05 4:17:28 PM  

fecalhook: GodComplex: I'm pretty sure this is less a 'money turns people into jerks' and more of a 'the biggest jerks tend to seek out giant piles of cash.' It's a lot easier to succeed when you lack empathy.

There's a fair bit of science supporting the position: 'money turns people into jerks'.


and once they become wealthy enough, then they want to stay young and live forever.  and nothing frustrates them more than not being able to buy immortality.

they've been able buy anything and anyone they want in this nation but immortality and youth is not for sale.  drives them bonkers as they get old/older.
 
2020-08-05 4:23:21 PM  

sitesmithscott: Power corrupts.  Absolutely.  Wealth is one of the greatest form of power.


but wealth is also an illusion.

it can't buy you happiness  (plenty of rich miserable people in the world if you watch the news)
or real friends
or real love
or contentment
or immortality
or youth.
or health.

wealth is overrated.
 
2020-08-05 4:27:10 PM  

Rock Krenn: Money didn't change me. To paraphrase Mayor Deebs, "I'd rather be here on Fark than with the finest people in the world."


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Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

Does anyone really thing Jeff Bezos would be a nice guy if he was just a working stiff making $50k/yr (rather than every second)?


money and wealth grows huge egos.  folks who do real work and have to deal with real life tend to have their egos subdued.  they don't have the luxury or time or energy to turn into assholes.
 
2020-08-05 5:32:03 PM  

Linux_Yes: Rock Krenn: Money didn't change me. To paraphrase Mayor Deebs, "I'd rather be here on Fark than with the finest people in the world."


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Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

Does anyone really thing Jeff Bezos would be a nice guy if he was just a working stiff making $50k/yr (rather than every second)?

money and wealth grows huge egos.  folks who do real work and have to deal with real life tend to have their egos subdued.  they don't have the luxury or time or energy to turn into assholes.



From my personal experience many of those regular folks who don't have the "luxury of time or energy to turn into assholes" go out of their way to find the time and energy to do it.
 
2020-08-05 5:58:44 PM  

Rock Krenn: Linux_Yes: Rock Krenn: Money didn't change me. To paraphrase Mayor Deebs, "I'd rather be here on Fark than with the finest people in the world."


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Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

Does anyone really thing Jeff Bezos would be a nice guy if he was just a working stiff making $50k/yr (rather than every second)?

money and wealth grows huge egos.  folks who do real work and have to deal with real life tend to have their egos subdued.  they don't have the luxury or time or energy to turn into assholes.


From my personal experience many of those regular folks who don't have the "luxury of time or energy to turn into assholes" go out of their way to find the time and energy to do it.


That's been my experience as well. I just had four years of career building wiped out by some boomers who didn't like that this 35 year old millennial punk was up and coming and they had peaked years ago. Took me down to satisfy their egos.

I hope covid crushes them, frankly.
 
2020-08-05 6:32:52 PM  

reveal101: Rock Krenn: Linux_Yes: Rock Krenn: Money didn't change me. To paraphrase Mayor Deebs, "I'd rather be here on Fark than with the finest people in the world."


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Also, that whole article seemed to have cause and effect backwards. It's not having money that makes those people like that. People who are like that are the ones willing to do the evil shiat necessary to amass that obscene level of wealth. It's who they are so they can't just turn it off when they have "enough" (however you want to define that).

Does anyone really thing Jeff Bezos would be a nice guy if he was just a working stiff making $50k/yr (rather than every second)?

money and wealth grows huge egos.  folks who do real work and have to deal with real life tend to have their egos subdued.  they don't have the luxury or time or energy to turn into assholes.


From my personal experience many of those regular folks who don't have the "luxury of time or energy to turn into assholes" go out of their way to find the time and energy to do it.

That's been my experience as well. I just had four years of career building wiped out by some boomers who didn't like that this 35 year old millennial punk was up and coming and they had peaked years ago. Took me down to satisfy their egos.

I hope covid crushes them, frankly.


A similar experience for myself during the dotcom burst. I learned from it.
 
2020-08-05 6:44:26 PM  

Smock Pot: C'est vrai. Poor dudes fark better, too.


All you have to do is be bad at sex, and you can be rich!
 
2020-08-05 11:47:34 PM  
My experience has been this.

People from old money households are generally okay. Some of them I've met have been nose in the air jerks but they're generally fairly okay. (The ones I've met).

But the trophy wives who grew up poor, and married an oil rig worker. Ugh. I worked with two EAs at my first school who would never shut up about money. They finally left to work at a different school (one that the nose in the air moms attend) and we threw a "they left" party.

/we've had moms show up every noon hour to see if their kids are playing with poor kids
//and throw a fit to the teacher if a poor kid is put in a group project with their kid
///we call them TWATs... Trophy Wives Association of Terror
 
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