Why do people cheat?
BECAUSE THEY WANT to win the
easy way. As competitive animals, we
human beings constantly seek out
opportunities to gain money, food and
sex, or simply to look good. Doing all this
the hard way requires expediture of time,
effffffort and energy, so cheating can
obviously be very tempting.
Evolutionary game theory has helped to
explain how altruism can exist alongside
cheating. Generally, cheats do well when
they are rare, but less well when they are
many and have fewer non-cheaters they
can exploit. So groups tend towards an
equilibrium, with few enough cheats that
it’s not worth the cost of stopping them.
Sadly, this basic biological principle
means we are unlikely ever to be
completely free of cheats.