Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Honesty Test

What would you do if you found a cellphone on the floor? Keep it or find its owner?

Well... I would be a good girl and try to find its owner... (^o^)

Reporters from the magazine Reader's Digest planted 960 "lost" cell phones in 30 public places in 32 cities around the world to test people's reactions in a cell phone honesty test. They rang the phone as people walked past and watched to see if people would answer the phone, take the phone and attempt to call someone in the pre-programmed contacts later, or simply pocket it.

The most honest city in the survey turned out to be the smallest city in the group, Slovenia's capital Ljubljana, where 29 of 30 cell phones were returned.

Toronto came second with 28 of 30 phones returned, followed by Seoul, South Korea, and Stockholm in Sweden.

Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur didn't do so well, tying for worst performance with only 13 of the 30 "lost" phones returned in each city.

Reader's Digest spokesman William Adler said while the study was not scientific, the results were interesting and indicated that people were more honest than preliminary interviews suggested. Many people predicted in preliminary interviews that return rates would be in the single digits but the average return rate on the "lost" phones was 68 percent. "People didn't expect a lot of good Samaritans," he told Reuters.

The survey found that parents with children were keen to show the right behavior and women were slightly more likely to return phones than men.

Reader's Digest

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