Does Choice really make Us Selfish?

A new study finds yet another troubling side-effect: It may make us more selfish. That is "choice."

Having too many options can make us fatigued: Studies have found that when faced with a number of decisions all at once, people either stop making them or start taking shortcuts. Other research has found that an abundance of choice can sap our mental reserves for other important functions -- such as maintaining self-control -- even though you may not realize it.

Does Choice really make Us Selfish?

Friends, please share you views/opinions on this to find out how far will this Choice affect Us.

Regards,

Vinod Vanukuru


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We are encouraged to make responsible choices.

The freedom of choice we are given is often due to companies making life easier for us, giving us cars for freedom of movement, more TV channels, loans to buy houses etc. They encourage us subliminally through advertising to make irresponsible choices based on convenience or saving money, rather than what would be good for us and people around us, or they prey on our immediate fears to make us buy something right now, rather than what would really be better for us in the long term.

*title should say 'irresponsible choices'*

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Information overload can lead to poor decisions.

The human mind has difficulty processing too much information at once. When we are presented with thousands of options at once, such as we often are when looking on house-hunting or job-hunting websites, it can panic us and give us information overload so that we don't make the best decisions. The only way to sort through the data is to limit your options to a smaller search - i.e. reduce your amount of choice.

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Choice teaches responsibility.

If you have a choice in a matter, you must take responsibility for the consequences of your actions. You can't say 'I was just following orders' or 'I had no choice - I needed the money'. Everyone's actions have impact on the lives of the people around them. If you make selfish decisions, other people will suffer and you'll be held accountable for it.

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The freedom that comes with more choice can make people rely on each other less and so become less aware of the impact of their actions on others. For instance, people in the UK live in family communities less and they often rarely see their family. Young people choose to live independently, so they don't realise that their actions might be worrying their parents or that their parents might need their help.





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2 Comments on "Does Choice really make Us Selfish?"

Dave

We would love to hear what you think – please leave a comment!

M. Lachi

It depends on your definition of ‘Selfish.’ I believe Selfishness is acting in one’s own best interest. If you do not act in your own best interest, how can you have the wherewithal to help anyone else.

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