What would you do?

  1. You are seated at a round table with nine other people you have never seen before (10 people counting yourself). In the center of the table is a glass bowl. A moderator walks into the room and drops a $100 bill into the bowl. She tells everyone that there are only two ways to win this game. Either everyone wins, or only one person will win. The minimum that can be won is $100. The maximum that can be won is $1,000.

    Any person can stop the game at anytime by simply grabbing the money out of the bowl before anyone else grabs it first. Or, everyone can wait until all the money is deposited in the bowl, and by mutual agreement (no one grabbing the money), divide the money equally among everyone. There can be no discussion or talking to each other.

    The moderator drops another $100 into the bowl.

    Please post your reasons for the answer you chose.

    This is a study that was conducted by an organizational sociologist. I'm curious what you all would do. The original study was done in person with real people and real money. You'll just have to pretend that the props are here in cyberspace.
    Last edit by Youda on Nov 17, '02
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  2. Poll: When do you get your money?

    • Grab the first $100. That's all you're going to get anyway.

      4.00% 1
    • Grab $200, now that you understand the rules.

      0% 0
    • Grab $300.

      0% 0
    • Grab $400.

      12.00% 3
    • Grab $500.

      0% 0
    • Grab $600. Someone is going to grab soon, so get what you can.

      4.00% 1
    • Grab $700. That guys hand is twitching, I can't wait.

      0% 0
    • Grab $800. I don't know these people and don't care to share the money with them.

      4.00% 1
    • Grab $900. These people are idiots, they sat there like chickens and let me win $900!

      8.00% 2
    • Sat quietly because cooperation and collaboration make everyone stronger and richer.

      68.00% 17
    25 Votes
  3. 7 Comments

  4. by   renerian
    Fun thread. I am not a real money person. I know I need enough to pay my way and care for my family. I would never do any weird or scarey things for money-like fear factor or something.

    I don't think I am greedy.

    renerian
  5. by   Youda
    Part of the study was to determine if people in a group situation were willing to work for the common good of all, share resources, or if they would just take care of #1.
  6. by   canoehead
    That is a rough question. I would be willing to just get $100, but am 90% sure that out of 10 people someone else will grab more. However I would rather get nothing than be the a$$ that took it all from everyone else. So I suppose I would sit back. Also depends on what you think of the people around you- if they were stinkers I would take at 200-300 and giggle as they whined. If they were friends or strangers I would not take anything.
  7. by   PennyLane
    I'd wait until the end. Even though some a$$hole would probably snatch the money before the end, I'd rather feel good about myself than be a few hundred dollars richer. I'm not THAT hard-up for money.
  8. by   OBNurseShelley
    I chose 600 call me greedy, but more than likely SOMEBODY would grab it, I'm also very poor
  9. by   LilgirlRN
    I'll just go to work, do some OT and make my own money
  10. by   CEN35
    well first i don't honestly believe that all of any 10 people would sit there and just wait it out, and split it.

    giving that some consideration, (and allegedly i think too much :d).
    i would go for the grab at $400. once you hit $500, your chances of someone else getting in there is 50/50 or less.
    oh well?
    too much analytical thinking again

    me

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