Does money make you mean? | Paul Piff

Does money make you mean? | Paul Piff

I want you to, for a moment, think about playing a game of Monopoly. Except in this game,
that combination of skill, talent and luck that helped earn you success
in games, as in life, has been rendered irrelevant, because this game’s been rigged, and you’ve got the upper hand. You’ve got more money, more opportunities to move
around the board, and more access to resources. And as you think about that experience, I want you to ask yourself: How might that experience of being
a privileged player in a rigged game change the way you think about yourself and regard that other player? So, we ran a study
on the UC Berkeley campus to look at exactly that question. We brought in more than 100 pairs
of strangers into the lab, and with the flip of a coin, randomly assigned one of the two
to be a rich player in a rigged game. They got two times as much money; when they passed Go,
they collected twice the salary; and they got to roll
both dice instead of one, so they got to move
around the board a lot more. (Laughter) And over the course of 15 minutes, we watched through
hidden cameras what happened. What I want to do today,
for the first time, is show you a little bit of what we saw. You’ll to have to pardon
the sound quality, because again, these were hidden cameras. So we’ve provided subtitles. [Video] Rich Player: How many
500s did you have? Poor Player: Just one. RP: Are you serious?
PP: Yeah. RP: I have three. (Laughs)
I don’t know why they gave me so much. Paul Piff: So it was quickly apparent
to players that something was up. One person clearly has
a lot more money than the other person, and yet, as the game unfolded, we saw very notable differences,
dramatic differences begin to emerge between the two players. The rich player started to move
around the board louder, literally smacking the board
with the piece as he went around. (Game piece smacks board) We were more likely
to see signs of dominance and nonverbal signs, displays of power and celebration among the rich players. We had a bowl of pretzels
positioned off to the side. It’s on the bottom right corner. That allowed us to watch
participants’ consummatory behavior. So we’re just tracking
how many pretzels participants eat. [Video] RP: Are those pretzels a trick? PP: I don’t know. Paul Piff: OK, so no surprises,
people are on to us. They wonder what that bowl of pretzels
is doing there in the first place. One even asks, like you just saw, “Is that bowl of pretzels
there as a trick?” And yet, despite that,
the power of the situation seems to inevitably dominate, and those rich players
start to eat more pretzels. (Laughter) [Video] RP: I love pretzels. (Laughter) Paul Piff: And as the game went on, one of the really interesting
and dramatic patterns that we observed begin to emerge was that the rich players
actually started to become ruder toward the other person — less and less sensitive to the plight
of those poor, poor players, and more and more demonstrative
of their material success, more likely to showcase
how well they’re doing. [Video] RP: I have money … (Laughs) I have money for everything. PP: How much is that? RP: You owe me 24 dollars. You’re going to lose all your money soon. I’ll buy it. I have so much money. I have so much money, it takes me forever. RP 2: I’m going
to buy out this whole board. RP 3: You’re going
to run out of money soon. I’m pretty much untouchable at this point. (Laughter) Paul Piff: And here’s what I think
was really, really interesting: it’s that, at the end of the 15 minutes, we asked the players to talk
about their experience during the game. And when the rich players talked
about why they had inevitably won in this rigged game of Monopoly … (Laughter) They talked about what they’d done
to buy those different properties and earn their success in the game. (Laughter) And they became far less attuned to all those different
features of the situation — including that flip of a coin — that had randomly gotten them
into that privileged position in the first place. And that’s a really,
really incredible insight into how the mind
makes sense of advantage. Now, this game of Monopoly can be used as a metaphor for understanding society
and its hierarchical structure, wherein some people
have a lot of wealth and a lot of status, and a lot of people don’t; they have a lot less wealth
and a lot less status and a lot less access to valued resources. And what my colleagues and I
for the last seven years have been doing is studying the effects
of these kinds of hierarchies. What we’ve been finding
across dozens of studies and thousands of participants
across this country is that as a person’s levels
of wealth increase, their feelings of compassion
and empathy go down, and their feelings of entitlement,
of deservingness, and their ideology
of self-interest increase. In surveys, we’ve found that it’s actually wealthier individuals
who are more likely to moralize greed being good, and that the pursuit of self-interest
is favorable and moral. Now, what I want to do today
is talk about some of the implications of this ideology self-interest, talk about why we should
care about those implications, and end with what might be done. Some of the first studies
that we ran in this area looked at helping behavior, something social psychologists
call “pro-social behavior.” And we were really interested in who’s more likely
to offer help to another person: someone who’s rich or someone who’s poor. In one of the studies, we bring rich and poor members
of the community into the lab, and give each of them
the equivalent of 10 dollars. We told the participants they could keep
these 10 dollars for themselves, or they could share
a portion of it, if they wanted to, with a stranger, who’s totally anonymous. They’ll never meet that stranger;
the stranger will never meet them. And we just monitor how much people give. Individuals who made 25,000,
sometimes under 15,000 dollars a year, gave 44 percent more
of their money to the stranger than did individuals making
150,000, 200,000 dollars a year. We’ve had people play games to see who’s more or less likely to cheat to increase their chances
of winning a prize. In one of the games,
we actually rigged a computer so that die rolls over a certain score
were impossible — You couldn’t get above 12
in this game, and yet … the richer you were, the more likely
you were to cheat in this game to earn credits toward a $50 cash prize — sometimes by three to four times as much. We ran another study where we looked at whether people
would be inclined to take candy from a jar of candy
that we explicitly identified as being reserved for children — (Laughter) I’m not kidding — I know it sounds
like I’m making a joke. We explicitly told participants: “This candy is for children participating
in a developmental lab nearby. They’re in studies. This is for them.” And we just monitored
how much candy participants took. Participants who felt rich
took two times as much candy as participants who felt poor. We’ve even studied cars. Not just any cars, but whether drivers
of different kinds of cars are more or less inclined
to break the law. In one of these studies, we looked at whether drivers
would stop for a pedestrian that we had posed waiting
to cross at a crosswalk. Now in California, as you all know, because I’m sure we all do this, it’s the law to stop for a pedestrian
who’s waiting to cross. So here’s an example of how we did it. That’s our confederate off to the left,
posing as a pedestrian. He approaches as the red truck
successfully stops. In typical California fashion, it’s overtaken by the bus
who almost runs our pedestrian over. (Laughter) Now here’s an example
of a more expensive car, a Prius, driving through,
and a BMW doing the same. So we did this for hundreds of vehicles on several days, just tracking who stops and who doesn’t. What we found was as the expensiveness
of a car increased … (Laughter) the drivers’ tendencies
to break the law increased as well. None of the cars — none of the cars — in our least expensive car category broke the law. Close to 50 percent of the cars
in our most expensive vehicle category broke the law. We’ve run other studies, finding that wealthier individuals
are more likely to lie in negotiations, to endorse unethical behavior at work, like stealing cash from the cash register, taking bribes, lying to customers. Now, I don’t mean to suggest that it’s only wealthy people
who show these patterns of behavior. Not at all — in fact,
I think that we all, in our day-to-day, minute-by-minute lives, struggle with these competing motivations of when or if to put our own interests
above the interests of other people. And that’s understandable, because the American dream is an idea in which we all have an equal opportunity
to succeed and prosper, as long as we apply
ourselves and work hard. And a piece of that means that sometimes, you need to put your own interests above the interests and well-being
of other people around you. But what we’re finding
is that the wealthier you are, the more likely you are to pursue
a vision of personal success, of achievement and accomplishment, to the detriment of others around you. Here I’ve plotted for you
the mean household income received by each fifth
and top five percent of the population over the last 20 years. In 1993, the differences between the different
quintiles of the population, in terms of income, are fairly egregious. It’s not difficult to discern
that there are differences. But over the last 20 years,
that significant difference has become a Grand Canyon of sorts between those at the top
and everyone else. In fact, the top 20 percent
of our population own close to 90 percent
of the total wealth in this country. We’re at unprecedented levels
of economic inequality. What that means is that wealth is not only
becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a select group
of individuals, but the American dream
is becoming increasingly unattainable for an increasing majority of us. And if it’s the case,
as we’ve been finding, that the wealthier you are, the more entitled you feel to that wealth, and the more likely you are
to prioritize your own interests above the interests of other people, and be willing to do things
to serve that self-interest, well, then, there’s no reason to think
that those patterns will change. In fact, there’s every reason
to think that they’ll only get worse, and that’s what it would look like
if things just stayed the same, at the same linear rate,
over the next 20 years. Now inequality — economic inequality — is something we should
all be concerned about, and not just because of those
at the bottom of the social hierarchy, but because individuals and groups with lots of economic
inequality do worse … not just the people
at the bottom, everyone. There’s a lot of really
compelling research coming out from top labs
all over the world, showcasing the range of things
that are undermined as economic inequality gets worse. Social mobility,
things we really care about, physical health, social trust, all go down as inequality goes up. Similarly, negative things
in social collectives and societies, things like obesity, and violence, imprisonment, and punishment, are exacerbated as economic
inequality increases. Again, these are outcomes
not just experienced by a few, but that resound
across all strata of society. Even people at the top
experience these outcomes. So what do we do? This cascade of self-perpetuating, pernicious, negative effects could seem like something
that’s spun out of control, and there’s nothing we can do about it, certainly nothing
we as individuals could do. But in fact, we’ve been finding
in our own laboratory research that small psychological interventions, small changes to people’s values, small nudges in certain directions, can restore levels
of egalitarianism and empathy. For instance, reminding people
of the benefits of cooperation or the advantages of community, cause wealthier individuals
to be just as egalitarian as poor people. In one study, we had people watch
a brief video, just 46 seconds long, about childhood poverty that served as a reminder of the needs
of others in the world around them. And after watching that, we looked at how willing people
were to offer up their own time to a stranger presented to them
in the lab, who was in distress. After watching this video, an hour later, rich people became
just as generous of their own time to help out this other person, a stranger, as someone who’s poor, suggesting that these differences
are not innate or categorical, but are so malleable
to slight changes in people’s values, and little nudges of compassion
and bumps of empathy. And beyond the walls of our lab, we’re even beginning to see
signs of change in society. Bill Gates, one of our nation’s
wealthiest individuals, in his Harvard commencement speech, talked about the problem
of inequality facing society as being the most daunting challenge, and talked about what must
be done to combat it, saying, “Humanity’s greatest advances
are not in its discoveries — but in how those discoveries are applied to reduce inequity.” And there’s the Giving Pledge, in which more than 100
of our nation’s wealthiest individuals are pledging half
of their fortunes to charity. And there’s the emergence of dozens
of grassroots movements, like “We are the 1 percent,” “Resource Generation,” or “Wealth for Common Good,” in which the most privileged
members of the population, members of the one percent and elsewhere, people who are wealthy, are using their own economic resources, adults and youth alike —
that’s what’s most striking to me — leveraging their own privilege,
their own economic resources, to combat inequality by advocating for social policies, changes in social values and changes in people’s behavior that work against
their own economic interests, but that may ultimately
restore the American dream. Thank you. (Applause)


  1. suraj punjabi says:

    Michavelli has beat this guy centuries ago when he said "behind every great wealth is a great crime."

  2. Barbara Johnson says:

    The laughter from the audience kept making me cringe and shake my head, "why are they laughing???" Then I realized, oh yeah it's TED, most of these people are probably pretty well-off or wealthy and people laugh at what makes them uncomfortable . That or they wanted to dissociate.

  3. ClareNote says:

    this is so bs wealthy people are more likely to grow up better due to higher education and they know how to share because they got enough. Poor people are deprived and sharing means giving up so much for themselves.

  4. Peter Helling says:

    The one TED talk that got banned was better

  5. bergweg says:

    9:00 whats the penalty/fine for not stopping at a crosswalk? I bet it's a set amount that is not linked to the violators income level, if it were adjustable or better yet not set in money but rather in time, e.g. one day of community work, I bet things would change.

  6. Patriot 03 says:

    This is bullshit. What would you expect? If a muscle builder is walking around town, hes going to be more likely to show off his success. Humans show off all the time, why do you think our fashion industry is so insane? – Showing off its actually genetically in coded into us for the purpose of reproduction.

    So apply the same logic with wealth, when you've worked harder than other people, or indeed if someone else in your family worked harder making you "privileged" You're going to drive nicer cars, and generally show off and just feel confident.

    The whole "are more rude thanks to money" is utterly bullshit. You'll find wealthy people to actually be quite level headed nice individual. (Such an attitude is a sign of good mental stature, something needed in some way shape or form for those who are that successful)

    TL;DR – People can be assholes, Rich or not.

  7. Titus Adeodatus says:

    Yes; let the richest get weather ; they will restore ULTIMATELY the American dream! LOL. 
    Keep dreaming. He is saying what they want to hear, after all they paid for all these studies and all that research. And we are talking about millions. Money is much worse than described, and things will get much worse. The solution is a ressource based economy, as defined by the Zeitgeist movement. 

  8. Titus Adeodatus says:

    All these poor idiots are defending so hard the rich people, without even knowing them. It will go on to death, since they are not bright enough to think for themselves or humanity. We are truly f*cked. I hope you will all enjoy that much extreme poverty, because that is what awaits you in no time. And of course it does not matter how hard you try or how hard you are willing to work. This is the new American dream; enjoy it. 

  9. Ah Boy says:

    Just brilliant.

  10. kittkattism says:

    This year, accepted a position in a new job, that pays less. I deal with financial stress daily. Recently I was invited out to dinner with a handful of co workers above me on the financial ladder. As we walked into the restaurant, we passed a homeless man asking for money to get food. I watch as all of the people I was with, walked passed him, doing their best to ignore his very presence. I smiled at him and kept walking. Not wanting to give money, but unable to ignore a person asking for food. I could barely afford a small meal, but ordered two. One was to-go. We got our food, and I gave the second meal to the man outside. He was in near tears thanking me. Then quickly ate the food. Other people suddenly seemed to see him. Some game him money as they left. As we were leaving, he was buying food from a food truck parked outside with the money he was given. Counting out to the change, in nickels, dimes, and pennies. He smiled again and waved as I left.

  11. MaDeLapHnT says:

    Well society needs money to propagate… a sad truth but only if your willing to take a risk with the sacrafice of bypassing some of the priveledges it provides when you only seek it exclusively.. you can be happy. But most people dont want to make that sacrafice whatever it may be it could be tons of things. Because society pressures you to be able afford things you really cant or shouldnt be able to so early in life anyway. One of the "benefits" of a fiat currency. Lie to people so it can continue the delusion of value and thats why colleges can charge 100 grand for two years of 4 classes a semester and tell you the only reason your learning is because your surroundingsv arose and exist to provide you with material things immediately. And suddenly being independant is starting out overextended and thinking you "deserve" what everyone else has and did before you. Just gotta have the courage to be an outsider or stray from path paved by money and greed or desperation because of prior choices. E.g. "well now i have to do this, cuz i have to payback for that" think two moves ahead and decide what you want because both paths are needed and both generate important waves for the future.

  12. Victor Summer says:

    kind of a double edged sword. where as the richest people in the world some of them got the in big part by taking advantage of and hurting other people as well as manipulation for self interest. Thus the company and/or company and/or business or whatever that you want to call it may majorly cause damage to people and the enviroment. It is pretty pointless to posion someone and give them a lot of money and call yourself a saint.

  13. Billybob likespie says:

    The laughter is disturbing.

  14. Drew Huang says:

    I dunno. This study is too generalized. The richer you are, usually you understood the powers of value and powers of compound interest. So I can totally understand some wealthy people are willing to spend less and even rob legally. Because they knew the principle of compound interest. Interesting study, but I find this extremely flawed. I'm just saying. Thoughts guys?

  15. Armindo Ribeiro says:

    @Conservative USSA
    ""just lucky" Nope, most of them worked harder for their money."
    Yeah, I guess those Vietnamese 10-year olds just don't work as hard as the Kardashians.

  16. loverlei79 says:

    Monopoly turns everyone into assholes. This proves nothing.

  17. Mark Runolfson says:

    "We are at unprecedented levels of economic inequality." 
    I think that's false, maybe it's high, but I'm pretty sure its not unprecedented.

  18. Mark Runolfson says:

    "The American dream is becoming unattainable." False! Economic inequality does not make the American dream unattainable. Just because you don't have money, does not mean you can't attain the American dream, i.e. Steve Jobs and Apple Computers.

  19. Mark Runolfson says:

    If you look at the nation's economy as a whole pie, Bill Gates has a large share of the pie. He didn't steal or unfairly take any of the pie from you or anyone. He wanted more pie, instead of stealing pie from others he simply made more pie, by founding Microsoft, by pursuing the American dream.

  20. Json718 says:

    This video is so stupid and comes from a very narrow mindset. It doesn't recognize the fact that the rich person helps 1000 people per hour, why would they spend 10 seconds letting 1 person walk? That 10 seconds could be 10 more seconds which would help 10 people. You get the point. Someone like bill gates can have a software that helps 10,000 people per hour, and you think he should spend his hour helping 1 person? This is why it's such a dumb point. Money doesn't make you mean, money makes you less attuned to small things, because you are in the control of greater responsibility, and opportunity. So why help 1 person when I can feed 1000 kids in africa? Why should I help less people?

  21. Lawrence Lee says:

    Great video; I see a lot of interesting ideas. But I think there is a big loophole in the experiment using monopoly to simulate the world. When you are playing monopoly, your goal is to make other people bankrupt irrelevant to the success of your own. However, in the real life, your goal is to make your own life successful not ruining others. So my argument is that when you're playing a board game where your goal is to make other people fail, it is more likely that the winning players become insolent, which is not an ideal way to simulate the real world. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the video and agree on many ideas he elaborated. Thank you for uploading

  22. Allen Ruschman says:

    Wealth doesn't make you happy,but at least you can be miserable in comfort.

  23. Guilherme Magalhães says:

    This is really amazing and as someone who leads with rich/poor people, it does happen

  24. Omar Ilias says:

    Monopoly, as its name indicates, is a game that involves buying, trading properties and collecting rent from the other players in order to dominate the market and lead your opponents to bankruptcy so the winner can control all the market. It's the GOAL of the game. Camparing it to real life, I find it inappropriate as an argument and as an introduction.
    Otherwise, I liked the talk. Thanks for the upload.

  25. yourmanstan says:

    Completely pointless "research"

    1) Monopoly is not a metaphor for society; it is entertainment.
    2) There is no reason to study people's charitableness in an experiment.  You can pull actual numbers from a service called "google."  The middle class is the least charitable in real life.  
    3) Testing college kids to see how they would act in a rigged situation that has nothing to do with their real life in order to derive blanket societal metaphors is ludicrous.

    100% of the people watching this video are in the top 1% of the world's population.  If you're reading this, you have the ability to give better than 99% of the people alive today.  Spend your time serving others and lead by example.

  26. austin kronz says:

    As an economics major, I see major flaws not only in his experiments, but his interpretation of his results. He is designing experiments to get the answers he seeks. There's definitely an omitted variable bias in his analysis. However, I am a firm believer in the "invisible hand" concept, so I may be biased as well.

  27. Linda G says:

    I do think it is interesting how the "rigged" players seemed to forget their clear advantages they had when they talked about the reason to why they won later on, and only credited themselves and their own "efforts". That does mirror reality pretty well haha 😉

  28. Brad Wilson says:

    This is not science. The Monopoly game may be the worst experiment ever. The school that gave him a PhD should be ashamed.

  29. ronj07 says:

    It would be fascinating to have done the study in the 1950's and repeat it now. IMHO there is a generational change in attitudes here.

  30. TheOmgitspeanut says:

    My compassion and empathy is already piss… And I'm drowning in debts~

  31. Manuel Pompeia says:

    A great part of the rationale behind the world we currently live in is touched here

  32. some Dude on yt says:

    this is filled with lies and idiotic conclusions. e.x poor people don't brake the law because they can't afford the ticket. another example people giving 44℅ money to total strangers are poor because of decisions like this! this talk its utter garbage and a proof that people tend to find far fetch conclusion out of experiments just to prove a point.

  33. Quality Shit Edit says:

    This guy makes Anita Sarkesian look credible.

  34. JSteph70 says:

    My first house was in a middle income working class neighborhood.  Everyone was pretty friendly, helpful, sharing.  I eventually moved in to a more expensive larger house in another neighborhood and found the people there very different, lots of snobs.  It was really only one step in home value, but the atmosphere is so different.  I think I want to move back.

  35. FrakU2 says:

    After all of this mans hard work, and study, our republican brothers and sisters will refuse to learn anything new or regain their empathy for their fellow human citizens. They would rather run over people trying to cross the street.

    Just read the comments and the conservatives will attack and expose their naked hatred for anyone not like them.

  36. Ali Kazmi says:

    Why don't your speakers use oral citations. Sometime it feels like they are making up things on their own. It's not just for this specific video, but most of them lack oral citations. This questions the speaker's credibility, too.

  37. Json718 says:

    God I just had to post another comment after rewatching this dumb video.

    HE SAID:
    "The wealthier you are the more likely you are to pursue a vision of personal success of achievement and accomplishment to the detriment of others around you."

    Does this make any SENSE? Do you think someone who truly creates a vision that  aids to the detriment of others around you can get rich?

    The rich do not throw a grenade and force you to give them your money. That is what some poor people do when they FEEL they have no choice.
    The rich have created or contributed to something that makes your life better. Without walmart executives we would not have the low prices at the supermarket. Without oh my god… theres so many!

    How about the research on the people on the corner stealing money from the hardworking mom next door? How about that research? This guy makes a point that is so one sided and biased I'm still surprised hes on Ted.

  38. A Church of Jesus Christ's Love says:

    God Bless you and your study.  I have been a VERY RICH MAN.  Now I am poor as dirt, in fact in debt to I have less than I have.  I now understand both sides of this FULLY.  I thank you so MUCH FOR THIS TIME YOU PUT INTO THIS!  When one fails to READ AND DO what the BIBLE SAYS.  This will always be the truth.  A Godless people will be this.  TRUE FOLLOWERS OF GOD, TRUE, not the Vatican and all the NEGATIVES you see, but TRUE FOLLOWERS of GOD are what we are lacking.  Because we are Commanded by the BIBLE to CARE FOR THE SICK AND POOR TO HAVE EMPATHY AND NOT TO JUDGE!  But who does #READYOURBIBLE   I implore you all to not just read it, but DO WHAT IT SAYS!  You'll have a BEAUTIFUL MIND!  Don't let others tell you about the BIBLE Read it!  Amen.

  39. EmilyDickinson1000 says:

    The income gap perhaps going up because poor immigrants have been pouring into our country, many going directly onto welfare with no motivation, unlike  earlier immigrants, to work hard, succeed. Same reason explains a lot, such as high infant mortality, etc. etc. So much to question here about these "studies"–the procedures, the participants, etc. Due to time, must only deal with this one.

  40. snois2 says:

    I think it's interesting that people laugh at this.

    It's probably the rich folks lol

  41. RedundanttGames says:

    No one is safe. Its everyone's fault. It's the fact that the top are getting richer while the bottom remain the same. Its also the abuse of welfare and social services which causes the lower to not have motivation to try because why bother. Its also the middle class for being the one of the largest groups in society and yet not speaking up for themselves to invoke change. Its also politicians that can be bought for a couple million to support large business while they say they are "for the people". Until everyone realizes everyone plays a part in Social and economic inequality, nothing will change. Life is not meant to be fair. Yes some are privileged, and some are not, and some are inbetween. Regardless, you will show where you are. Its insane to think that the top would act the same as the bottom. For those trying to argue that money does not change a person, then tell me how celebrities get caught with insane amounts of drugs and get off (Lindsey Lohan, Charlie Sheen, etc.) while our prison systems are full of inmates serving for minor non violent drug charges. I'm not agreeing or disagreeing. I thought he had good points and some I did not agree. These are just the facts that are occurring everyday. It will take everyone or nothing will change.

  42. Jorje Gabanni says:

    you know what grows well in an greatly unequal society? communism

  43. Mal Jaf says:

    Pathetic syllogism between being rich and winning a board game …
    What about not inviting pseudo-scientists to do Ted talks ?

  44. premier69 says:

    it scares me that the same thing is happening here in Sweden.

  45. Alfredo Lopez Flores says:


  46. Fox says:

    Some people are more eager to take risks in their life, seeking challenges, pursuing their visions and goals… So i can understand something like "i've started from nothing and i worked really hard putting a lot of stuff in jeopardy when people chose an easier way of life, i'm so proud of myself"

  47. Barry Douglas says:

    This link generated $1,590 in one week?

  48. René Simon Pfisterer says:

    Yeah! He's talking about unconcious people that are run by social programms implied by the system with the need of proof.
    Only a fool makes the number bigger to earn the credits for his story. Sorry but that "study" is not very reliable.

  49. Unknown Artist says:

    Money is necessary for our life, but money made people to walk the road of darkness

  50. Chameleon Gyldenbollocks says:

    Everyone is a bit psychopathic

  51. hashvid says:

    This is way below Ted Talks standard imo.

  52. Cassandra Yonder says:

    best ted talk EVER

  53. Jammin Out says:

    I mean, do you really need a study for this, I know I step it up when I dominate people in monopoly

  54. Shawn Lee says:


  55. Shawn Lee says:

    hey patriot but if you got born from a king,'s family, you just become a prince and get money. These people arent hard working

  56. YS Chan says:

    being rich are not necessary Mean as quite a lot of rich people are simply have LUCKs!
    but being Mean are for sure helping a lot of people to be Rich, as they are taking advantages of others.

    being Mean, are not necessary limited to those who are not stopping before pedestrian crossing, but also those doing tax avoidance, raising wars to suck money, sweat shops, ponzi scheme of 'Investments' for gamblers, etc…

  57. SpringRoll Wang says:

    This video deserves more views, Not only poor is slave of money, even the rich, incredible.

  58. Pete S. says:

    I'm not rich, but the guy says that richer people are more likely to be less empathetic, moralise greed etc. Well society is also likely to be less empathetic towards a rich person imo, I see people act as if the rich have no problems when as humans we all have mental problems and a wide spectrum of feelings due to a complex brain.

  59. Doop says:

    This doesn't have to do with money in my opinion, it's just natural to feel dominant when you are winning. When I play video games and beat my friends and cousins, I let them know who is dominant.

  60. Claire Tien says:

    This is really good

  61. Five Big Ideas says:

    WOW, this was an insightful video, and it did a great job in convincing me that money isn't a great aim in itself.

    With science from Sonja Lyubomirsky in "The Myths of Happiness" also backing up the claim that shooting for money without having a worthy cause won't make you happy, some higher means are starting to emerge within my own life!

    Thank you for sharing this video. 🙂

  62. Fu If says:

    My household income is <40k and I walk home and I hate it so much when people don't stop for me! When I grow get a car I will definitely stop for people because will have empathy for them.

  63. Nathan Fleck says:

    He had me right up until the font of the THANKYOU right at the end there. But really, that was more than mildly interesting!

  64. you're right says:

    The rich should be leaders, not hoarders.

  65. Rachel Houtchens says:

    "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to go to heaven"Jesus
    Be especially careful about your interpretation of why this is.
    There are probably spiritual reasons for this- the "god" of money is probably Satan or a demon.
    "Come let us reason together"Jesus
    The authority to which you should hold your theories and interpretations to should be the Holy Bible. It is the reliable truth given to us by our Creator.

  66. Christopher Marzonie says:

    Like male/female relationship dynamics,   and ' how-to-balance-a checkbook'…..THIS  should be covered in Middle School,   BEFORE students become adults.

  67. Lucas Layton says:

    Implode america, inevitable.

  68. Zed Flower says:

    I've recently come into a bit of money and have felt myself changing in my behaviour toward others…

  69. Modem Mark says:

    I HATE politics. But for making change, it's better than the alternative (Guns). I would prefer that Americans turn off the Corporate controlled media and inform themselves to begin to participate in political action to effect change in their self governance, rather than end up like Syria or Somalia. Politics sucks, but it's better than violence.

  70. Modem Mark says:

    Inheritance Tax Is Good For America!
    Note: to All You Dumb Republicans: Even a moron can understand that Taxes are simply the price of admission into any civil society!
    Also, Winning the Lottery does not magically entitle You to shirk your patriotic civic duty to pay your fair share of Tax monies needed to maintain Our Great Country. And I certainly don't want to get stuck paying for any carefree Lottery Winner's share of Taxes, even if they use corrupt Lobbyist tricks to make it appear "legal" and corruptly avoid paying their fair share of Our Nation's taxes.
    ** Inheriting a fortune is Not (NOT!) "EARNING" ANYthing; inheriting a fortune is nothing more than winning the genetic Lottery. Why should some self entitled snotty rich brats who win the lottery (inherit a fortune) get a Free Ride at EVERYONE else's expense and be allowed to skip paying their share of Our Nation's taxes???

  71. Jack The Strippa says:

    I worked hard, all I have to show is a broken back and more debt. rich people just suck. they stay rich off of the poor peoples sweat. rich should just be thrown in prison and forgotten to rot.

  72. Karen Driscoll says:

    Paul learned good oral-presentation skills in his 8th-grade language-arts class!

  73. Thank you1 says:

    ahh rich republicans…

  74. Mariana Ximena Zalazar says:

    272 rich players has seen this video

  75. Dana Lihotina says:

    “We've even studied cars; not just any cars, but whether drivers of different kinds of cars are more or less inclined to break the law. In one of these studies, we looked at whether drivers would stop for a pedestrian that we had posed waiting to cross at a crosswalk. Now in California, as you all know— because I'm sure we all do this—it's the law to stop for a pedestrian who's waiting to cross. / So here's an example of how we did it. That's our confederate off to the left posing as a pedestrian. He approaches as the red truck successfully stops. In typical California fashion, it's overtaken by the bus who almost runs our pedestrian over. (Laughter) What we found was that as the expensiveness of a car increased, the driver's tendencies to break the law increased as well. None of the cars, none of the cars in our least expensive car category broke the law. "

  76. Nissi Heeren says:

    this is very true

  77. Eva Zigon says:

    What this world needs is a lot more Ubuntu thinking.

  78. Laundry Faerie says:

    You can see an example of this in the development of new apps. Most of them are designed to serve exactly the same demographic as the people who are developing them (single, male, online twentysomethings with plenty of disposable income). There are very few apps designed to assist homeless people, even though nearly half of all homeless people have cell phones.

  79. Dalun Chen says:


  80. Nanna Mathiasen says:

    I would like to read the paper including the study, what is the title of the paper?

  81. Ruth Noel says:

    I like…

  82. Noobie747 says:

    By playing educational games

  83. Noobie747 says:

    You can't lose if you motive is different!

  84. Noobie747 says:

    Isn't there a signal there at the pedestrian point?

  85. Lakes J says:

    In US, yes it's true

  86. Delen Lawson says:

    I think you are talking about communist

  87. 4390100 says:

    It was Berkeley, and it's all leftist in thought, you're are more likely to get mugged in LA by a low life creep. Also any State where people think that cars will stop for them if they walk out in front of one is crazy, and more than likely California really wants to kill off all the stupid people, so sure just walk out into moving traffic. Oh and Monopoly is a game, it has no connection with reality.

  88. Adrian Tough says:

    I wish I could give this video a thousand likes!

  89. stormsigma says:

    Interesting seeing the crowd get quiet and somewhat restless as Mr. Piff gets to his main points. Income inequality is definitely something that makes people feel awkward and unsettled.


    " it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven"—Jesus (Yeshua) 33 A.D.

    Let that sink in nice and deep

  91. Snr. Froggy Mooopew says:

    If you set the playback speed to 1.25 X, Paul talks at a normal speed vs painfully slow.

  92. #Resist#PunchaNazi#SJWfaggot#RedRum says:

    I don't want to brag but I'm a little wealthy and when I played a game against my gf who is fucking good at monopoly, I slowly become angrier and angrier as she takes more money and properties until I manipulate the system that is

  93. Reniu TuIteraz says:

    The richer you are, you are less afraid to break the law..because you got resources to get you out of problems if you get into them..that's all..

  94. Alexandria School of Science says:

    This is so true in far right countries.

  95. Leidolf Treuth says:

    How ironic, using a Bill Gates quote talking about reducing inequality, but is on record saying we can reduce the population through the use of vaccines. He has been using this method for years through third world countries, not doing much to reduce inequality there, maybe he is talking about inequality amongst his wealthy entitled brethren.

  96. Katrina M. Aune says:

    I actually found this video coming back from a homeless friend’s funeral because a shelter wouldn’t let the homeless park in a parking lot of the shelter they made them park out on a dangerous busy road and my friend got hit by a fucking car and I never thought I would have to watch anybody die. I watched my friend die because of greed.

  97. r laze says:

    This is typical game playing behavior. Winners often gloat. The audience laughter is annoying.

  98. Paul K. Bowden says:

    I prefer to believe that the desire for wealth is more likely to make one mean.

  99. adcs2323 says:

    lol Kylie Jenner

  100. Cars4 4 says:

    Social people are stupid and having friends makes u stupid.. stupid paper money with some sort of imagery value huh ?? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??!!!????!!!?!?!?!?

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