According to a study on the psychological consequences of money, Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota, found that exposure to money can desensitize a person to the needs of others. Carmen Maria Machado reflects on the findings, and on luxury shopping from the other side of the register: http://nyr.kr/IEjyVH
“Vohs explained to me that while any amount or representation of money will trip off this tendency toward disinterest, the effect is amplified when you use larger quantities of money and raise the frequency of the monetary interactions. So retail workers ringing up hundreds or even thousands of dollars of purchases would be more ‘primed,’ and thus more likely to experience this involuntary tendency toward self-isolation.”
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