SHARE

Selfish People Earn Less Money and Have Fewer Children, Study Reveals

Must Read

Savika – The Extremely Dangerous Traditional Bull Wrestling Culture in Madagascar

In the island country of Madagascar, there exists an incredible and little-known form of bullfighting called 'Savika'.

Black Billionaires: Top 15 Richest Black People in the World (2021)

Nigerian Cement tycoon 'Dangote' is the richest black person in the world, with a fortune estimated at $11.9 billion (as of January, 2021).

7 Little Known Facts About The Atlantic Slave Trade

Here are 7 Little known facts about the atlantic slave trade that saw a vast majority of africans transported...
SHARE



A new study finds that selfish people tend to make less money than their more giving peers. They also tend to have fewer kids.

Selfish People Earn Less Money and have Fewer Children, Study Reveals

For the study, which was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers in Sweden and the US looked at survey data on roughly 60,000 people in the US and Europe.

The researchers, Kimmo Eriksson; Irina Vartanova; Pontus Strimling; and Brent Simpson, wanted to know: How was prosociality – i.e. interest in other people, the opposite of selfishness – connected to both income and parenthood?

To measure prosociality, the researchers focused on prosocial motivations – for example, believing that people should be willing to help others who are less fortunate – as well as prosocial behaviour – for example, actually donating money to charity.

Results showed that the most prosocial/least selfish people had the most children. When it came to money, for the most part, people who were moderately prosocial – i.e. mostly unselfish – earned the highest income.

Two of the surveys the researchers analysed were conducted over an extended period of time. And while this doesn’t necessarily prove that prosociality directly causes you to earn more money or have more kids, they do seem to be related in some way.

As for why less selfish people should earn more and have more kids, that’s beyond the scope of this study. Yet the researchers cite the work of Wharton professor Adam Grant, who has found that “givers” are generally more successful than “takers.”

Grant’s insights line up with the new finding that moderately prosocial people make more money. Grant has said that it’s important to be an effective giver, or else you run the risk of burning out. For example, Grant recommends grouping your favours and doing them all on a single day so they’re less likely to interfere with your personal work.

The researchers behind the new study also conducted an experiment to see if people are aware that prosociality pays off. Interestingly, people generally believed that selfishness was linked to more money (incorrect) and fewer children (correct).

To be sure, the study findings don’t suggest that people who opt not to have kids are egomaniacs (obsessed with their own importance). That’s hardly the case. Nor is a small pay cheque evidence that you must be a selfish human.

But, especially if you’re thinking about how to succeed in the workplace, it’s worth being aware of the importance of relationships with other people – how you can help them and how they can help you.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Leave a Reply

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Savika – The Extremely Dangerous Traditional Bull Wrestling Culture in Madagascar

In the island country of Madagascar, there exists an incredible and little-known form of bullfighting called 'Savika'.

Black Billionaires: Top 15 Richest Black People in the World (2021)

Nigerian Cement tycoon 'Dangote' is the richest black person in the world, with a fortune estimated at $11.9 billion (as of January, 2021).

7 Little Known Facts About The Atlantic Slave Trade

Here are 7 Little known facts about the atlantic slave trade that saw a vast majority of africans transported as slaves to a whole...

Top 15 Highest Grossing Nollywood Movies Ever (Updated: 2021)

These are the Top 15 Highest Grossing Nollywood Movies of all time. Revenues from special screenings, DVD sales, online streaming and theatrical screenings outside...

10 Incredible Stories About The Exploration Of Africa

Africa has long been a mysterious, magical, and interesting place. The northern parts were explored first, leaving the rest of the land long shrouded...

More Articles Like This