A while ago, economists Sara Solnick and David Hemenway conducted a survey where they asked participants if they would rather earn $50,000 a year while other people made $25,000, or earn $100,000 a year while other people got $250,000.Alex Green
Sit down for this one.
The majority of folks selected the first option. They would rather make twice as much as others – even if that meant earning half as much as they could have.
This is completely nuts, of course. Yet other findings in the study confirmed the envious nature of contemporary culture.