Kids share more with those they deem worthy.
This study strikes a blow against Equality.
Young children discriminate based on merit before being brainwashed by the media/education system.
Young children don’t just ‘share and share alike’ when it comes to dividing up sweets or toys – they split resources based on merit and withhold them from those they regard as ‘incompetent’.
A study by psychologists at Liverpool Hope University said children’s attitudes to sharing are like those of workers who are ‘exasperated by lazy colleagues’.
Lead author Jim Stack and his team found that, when children are told to share, they give more to the peers they consider most worthy of a reward .
Even very young children are able to learn adult-like sharing behaviours, with pre-schoolers showing a ruthless streak when it comes to those they deem ‘unworthy’.
In the first of its kind study, published in the open access journal Plos One, the researchers examined the impact of performance on the way children share.
Stack and colleagues found that children will only share and show altruistic behaviours when it serves their own self-interests.
‘Naturally, we want our children to be pro-social and altruistic,’ developmental psychologist Dr Stack told The Times.
‘The fact these scenarios are being played out in children as young as three or four will probably come as a shock to many,’ he said.
Stack said that when a child shares less with a low-merit peer it’s not necessarily a bad thing, as this behaviour appears to be driven by evolution.
He said this behaviour is likely crucial when it comes to negotiating life.
‘It’d be nice to be generous in all instances, but it’s simply not the way the world works,’ Stack said.
From an evolutionary perspective, chances are that purely altruistic beings would go extinct pretty quickly.
Doing things that serve our own interests is what keeps us alive, so there’s nothing wrong with turning that into a win-win when possible through what appears to be altruistic behavior.
‘Young children are simply discerning in their sharing habits,’ Stack said.
‘If you’re working alongside someone else to acquire a common pool of resources, and your co-worker is incompetent, you would be much less inclined to want to share equally with that person,’ he told The Times.
The team say their findings, based on work with three and four-year-olds, suggest that they use similar analysis tools used by co-workers in an office.
These tools help them determine who to share with and develop merit-based sharing behaviours that they can use later in life.
All of these behaviors stem from the self-preservation instinct.
Nowadays our entire culture tries to suppress that instinct and to make people believe that everyone’s the same, that meritocracy is evil, and that productive people must give resources to incompetent people as a reward for their incompetence.
It is self-destructive behavior.