Is sharing instinctive?
Do we share because it's part of our human nature and we really care for our acquaintances? Or is it some sort of culturally-imposed behavior that we act out because of the need to seem righteous and humane?
These questions were at the heart of a social experiment conducted in Spain with the help of 20 adorable children by the international humanitarian organization Action Against Hunger.
The setup for the experiment was simple: The organization presented pairs of kids with a covered plate.
The twist? One of them had a snack waiting for them inside, while the other remained empty-handed.
So what did the kids do when they were confronted with the uneven snack allotment? Watch below and see.
The social experiment, which cleverly mirrored problems we're facing on a much larger scale in the real world, was meant to reveal if sharing is, in fact, an innate human instinct. Although the results are unlikely to "blow your mind" or "make you gasp," they do pose a serious question: When do we lose the desire to share our food?
Action Against Hunger writes on its website that its goal in sharing the experiment was to draw attention to the millions of children who die each year from hunger-related causes — and to just how preventable those deaths are.
About 2,700 calories worth of food are produced every day for every human on Earth, which should be more than enough to feed every hungry mouth if only we would share.
"The Sharing Experiment is a reminder that kids have a lot to teach us: global hunger may be highly complex, but we know what to do when someone needs nourishment," writes Action Against Hunger on its website.
To learn more about the cause and help fight poverty and hunger, please visit the World Food Programme website.
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