05/10/2007

Why do people cheat even though there is little to gain?

Irrationality may be the rule, and not the exception, when it comes to cheating, according to scholars who have turned their attention to the mysteries of the cheating mind.

 

Cheating is often thought of as something that is done after cold calculation. But the new research has found that people are prone to cheat even when it is not in their best interest.

 

Instead of carefully weighing the costs and benefits of breaking the rules, people can be heavily swayed by peer pressure, mood, and their image of themselves. Sometimes, people even cheat out of a sense of fairness.