Will you still save energy when your income suddenly goes up?
I am not suggesting that fun challenges or competitions are not useful for raising awareness and achieving short-term goals.
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For example, an interesting recent study showed that people’s body temperature goes up when they are acting “green” (a literal warm-glow! Unfortunately, lots of psychological research has also shown that external incentives “crowd out” (i.e., undermine) people’s intrinsic motivation to do good.
For example, highlighting the monetary benefits of saving energy actually makes people less likely to do so.
In fact, when you look closely, you’ll notice that competition is everywhere in modern society.
Economists tell us that competition is an essential force in maintaining productive and efficient markets (i.e., without basic competition between firms, evil monopolies will form).
Indeed, humans not only survived by competing but perhaps more importantly, we survived by cooperating with one another. I would link to Jordan Person explaining why games and competition are fundamental to human development and cooperation, but this comment box won't let me.. Well you don't bring a basketball to a hockey game.." Let's play better games together.
In the words of Bertrand Russell, “the only thing that will redeem mankind is cooperation." It's time we start doing the right thing, for the right reasons.