Case in point: This study linked over by The Guardian last week claims that single people are not nearly as good at recycling as couples. The big takeaway stats making the rounds in the blogosphere are that only 65% of people living alone recycle, while 79% of couples do.
After looking at that study, readers can take one of many paths. They can simply scoff at it and move on. They can stroke their chin, tell a friend about it, and forget it after a week. Or they can try to play armchair psychologist, figure out the puzzle of why exactly this discrepancy exists, and use that information to institute a positive change. (In this case, getting more single people to recycle.) Taking the third path is what I’m going to do here today, which means, first, I have to find several theories of perhaps why this difference exists in the first place.
Is it that more couples have children, giving them a better sense of the world extending past their lifespan, a greater urge to want the future Earth to be healthy and safe for their offspring? That certainly has to figure in somewhere, but doesn’t really help us unless we can get Congress to initiate some kind of “forced child-rearing” law for singles. Moving on!
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