Play­ing with money makes chil­dren self­ish, study finds

The Daily Telegraph - - News -

THE Bi­ble warns that the love of money is the root of all evil, but merely let­ting chil­dren touch notes and coins makes them less help­ful, a study has found.

The be­hav­iour of chil­dren as young as three can change dra­mat­i­cally if they han­dle money even for a short time.

In two ex­per­i­ments, re­searchers found that those who played with money went on to be “more self­ish, less help­ful, and less gen­er­ous” in sub­se­quent tasks – which tested their will­ing­ness to carry out tasks to help oth­ers, and to share – than those who had not first played with money.

The study, con­ducted by the Univer­sity of Illi­nois at Chicago said the chil­dren “took more re­wards for them­selves and were less in­clined to give away their toys to other chil­dren”.

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