Should I split the payment during meals?
Today, I will share with you: People’s psychology when eating split payment, let’s take a look together.
Behavioral economists are asking, “Should I split the payment while eating?”
“This issue has been studied.
The findings show that most people don’t want to split their bills privately.
In 2004, The Economist published a survey to observe the performance of Israeli students in different alternative situations.
Researchers told four groups of returning students (usually three men and three women) to cut costs evenly, and told the other four groups to pay for meals.
In the end, the controversial was lucky enough to be told that the meal was not paid.
The result is consistent with the hypothesis of economists: people who are told not to pay pay the most, people who share the cost of meals spend the second, and those who are invited alone pay the least.
Whenever you make a decision that affects others (unless you don’t consider it to influence others), whether positive or complete, you create an “externality”, which is called “indirect influence”.
Positive externalities are like this: when you plan to get a flu shot, others will benefit.
Negative externalities are: when you decide to fart, others have to endure.
The experiment just told us that negative externalities (even very small negative externalities) affect our behavior.
People who were told that the cost of meals were to be shared equally thought that other people would order more, so they had to order more to expand their own interests.
In fact, this doesn’t make sense at all, because in the end they still have to withdraw more money from their wallets.
Ironically, believing that others will be selfish makes the individual itself more selfish.
Even if you haven’t heard of “negative externalities” before, you should already have this in itself.
80% of the students who participated in the experiment stated that they even ignored the solo guest mode before the experiment began.
Part of it is because people know they will spend more if they share the payments.
However, aside from financial costs, apportioning payments is a smart act: otherwise people would think about how much everyone owes (especially when a large group is together).
The social cost is that someone suggests that everyone pay for what they ordered (this method is very unpopular, especially when people have already ordered the extra side dishes).
Culture determines the cost of society and has a huge impact.