Moral values are a notoriously tricky thing to measure. But the findings of a 2016 study conducted at INSEAD Business School suggest a surprisingly simple way to do so. From the list below (50 of the most-visited countries in the world), please tick off all those you have visited.
France, USA, Spain, Italy, China, UK, Russia, Mexico, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Morocco, South Africa, Tunisia, Algeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Israel, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Peru, Hong Kong, India, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Turkey, Macau, Cyprus, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, Quatar, Oman, Bahrain, Senegal, Namibia, Australia.
What does this say about your morals?
0-5: A paragon of virtue
6-10: About average
11-20: A little slippery
20-50: Dick Dastardly
In a study of over 600 Montreal residents, the researchers found that the more countries a participant had ticked off, the more likely they were to cheat on a computerized trivia quiz (peeking at the answers when the experimenter had “accidentally” left them visible). In another part of the study, the researchers found that high-school students were more likely to cheat after than before taking part in a study-abroad programme. The researchers suggest that, the more we are immersed in foreign cultures, the more we come to view morality as relative, rather than absolute. It’s not all bad news, though: Previous studies have found that overseas travel is associated with increased creativity and decreased prejudice; so don’t go cancelling that new year break just yet.