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    • Senior citizens donate more to strangers than younger adults: NUS study

       

      Older people donate more to strangers than younger adults, even when such generosity is unlikely to be reciprocated, a recent study has found.

      The study, conducted by a team from the National University of Singapore (NUS), showed that both younger and older adults are equally generous to people who are close to them, such as family members or close friends.

      However, senior citizens are more generous to those who were more socially distant, such as complete strangers.

      Their level of generosity does not decrease with social distance as quickly as that of the younger adults. The elderly are also more likely to forgo their resources to strangers even when their generosity is unlikely to be reciprocated.

      Generosity was measured by calculating the amount of money that the participants were willing to give to another person, based on how close the participants were to them.

      The study was conducted from March 2016 to January 2017. It involved 78 adults in Singapore. Half of them were older adults with an average age of 70, while the other half were about 23 years old on average.

      The findings of the study were published online in Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences on April 5.

      Assistant Professor Yu Rongjun, who led the study, said that greater generosity was possibly observed among senior citizens because as people become older, "their values shift away from purely personal interests to more enduring sources of meaning found in their communities".

      He added that the findings provide an understanding of why the elderly are more inclined to lend a helping hand to strangers.

      "Providing older adults with more opportunities to help others is not only beneficial to our society, but it might also be a boon to the well-being of older adults themselves," said Assistant Professor Yu, who is from the psychology department at NUS. "Future studies with direct well-being measures should further examine this hypothesis."

       

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  • gekpohboy's Avatar
    1,764 posts since Mar '16
    • That's because they stupid, that they anyhow give money to strangers.

      Edited by gekpohboy 12 Jun `17, 7:25PM
    • That is why the government keep the CPF until 65, and never one shot give them, but instead every month give them a little bit. Because if we give them everything at 65, they will tend to spend everything within a few months, and there goes their savings.

      Remember "sunshine empire" (阳光大地)? A lot of elderly give away their money to some unknown people who promise them huge amounts of profits. In the end, the sunshine empire collapse, and ran away, and all the elderly who invested in them lost all their savings.

      The elderly people need a lot of help, by trustworthy people, to safeguard their money. Unfortunately, at this time and age, the only people we can trust is the local banks, like POSB and DBS, because these are government-backed corporations, and the government is accountable to the people.

      Edited by gekpohboy 12 Jun `17, 7:16PM
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  • noetic's Avatar
    6 posts since Jun '17
    • Originally posted by gekpohboy:

       

      Remember "sunshine empire" (阳光大地)? A lot of elderly give away their money to some unknown people who promise them huge amounts of profits. In the end, the sunshine empire collapse, and ran away, and all the elderly who invested in them lost all their savings.

       

      james phang 

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  • vanquishevil's Avatar
    10 posts since Jun '17
    • thats because scammers are cocks who should never exist on this earth in the first place. if everyone was a good person the world would be a better place @gekpohboy

       

      if those scamming cocksters didnt exist, the old people wouldn't lost money. they did bad things

  • Halregimon's Avatar
    5 posts since Jun '17
    • Sigh, the reason why older people donate more than younger people is probably because they still believe that this world has not gone that bad, while young people view this world rather cynically.

  • batspider99's Avatar
    4 posts since Jun '17
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