I listened to a Freakonomics Podcast about Trust, specifically in the US.
In this podcast, they talk about how trust is a very essential part of a country’s well being, and the US has had falling trust levels for years. I think it’s interesting how we have come so far as a society, but we still widely don’t trust each other. I don’t think many people really spend a lot of time thinking about this, but it’s a pretty important aspect of our culture. An example of a country that has a very high trust level: Norway. It made me think about how and why we trust people. They also talked about how diversity has a big role in this; places that are more diverse tend to have lower social trust. This makes sense to me, although many people don’t like this idea. If the people all around you look different and talk differently than you, you probably will be more skeptical of them. This in no way means that we shouldn’t trust people who are different than us, but it seems like we do.
Why do people trust or not trust others?
I think a large part of it comes down to how we see the other person. If we judge them to be likeable and nice, we will trust them. If not, then we won’t. I think it also has to do with how you are raised. If you come from a trusting family, you probably will trust others more.
How does trust affect us as a society?
Trusting other people in your society can be very helpful. People who trust others probably tend to engage in more activities and meet new people. It is also good for business because if people trust others, they are more likely to buy from them. It also prbably increases happiness.