Category Archives: Data and Studies on Ethics

Cell Phone Use Whilst Driving: Scary Survey

A group called “Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)” joined with Liberty Mutual Insurance to conduct a survey of what high school student do whilst driving. Here are the percentages who admit to using apps on their phones when behind the … Continue reading

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Lots of “Unexpected Items in Bagging Area”: How Honest Are We in the Self-Serve Checkout?

In a multinational study of self-serve check-outs (Britain, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United States), the conclusion is that of the 6,000,000 items checked during the researcher’s observations (that’s 1,000,000 shopping trips researched), 850,000 (about 4%) were not scanned, i.e., the … Continue reading

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45% of us lie about the amount of debt that we have

Country Financial survey, November 18, 2015. The Barometer only wonders, in this day and age, does that mean we are misrepresenting on the high end? Or is the low end on the debt scale still a more favorable financial position? … Continue reading

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32% of Americans have passed off a store-bought Thanksgiving dessert as homemade

The Barometer has news for the nearly 1/3 dessert impostors. We can tell the difference. Unless you mess up the look of the pie crust, we know which are which. The messy crusts are the ones someone made. And, it … Continue reading

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The Higher the Level of Education, The Greater the Puffing on Social Media

A Jobvite survey finds that some of those who are searching for a job admit inflating their job skills. And the higher the level of education, the more inflaters you find: Post-graduate 20% College degree 18% High school or less … Continue reading

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The Paper Mate Survey on Why We Take Pens From Our Co-Workers

78% — it was an accident 22% I did it on purpose. Good to know. Batten down those Bics, Mont Blancs, and gel clickers. They are on the prowl.

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Playing Online While At Work

A GSN Digital survey finds that 35% of us play games online while at work. However, 53% of those who play do so only during their lunch hours. And 47% say they play throughout the work day. The Barometer wonders … Continue reading

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On Loyalty – What Price? What Benefits?

The Barometer’s students often explain that they are not entirely forthright during their job interviews. They expect to move on withint a few years from their “starter” jobs, but, say they, “We always tell the recruiter how we plan to … Continue reading

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The Truth About Social Networking: We Lie

USA Today has some interesting thoughts on our social networking, namely that we lie.  When asked how honest they were on their social networking sites, folks responded as follows: Totally honest                                                 31% Fib a little                                                       26% Flat-out lie                                                      22% Total … Continue reading

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What would the world look like if we had no traffic signals?

Look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9mzfN5i7ds However, we would all have to wait our turn and be considerate of others, something the Brits seem to have within them.  Ever try to merge onto a freeway here in the U.S.?

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Justice and Pilfering: Curbing Employee Theft

In tough economic times, employers keep a closer eye on expenses.  They watch that bottom line and they cut out office parties, employee discounts, and other perks.  In tough economic times, employees steal more from their employers.  They do so … Continue reading

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Moral Babies

On May 9, 2010, Yale psychologist Dr. Paul Bloom had an intriguing article in The New York Times Magazine, “The Moral Life of Babies.”  If this brief excerpt does not pique your curiosity or restore your faith in human nature, … Continue reading

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Patients Swiping from Hospitals

Hospital swiping: 64% of hospital patients and family members take towels, linens, and pillows from patient rooms. Now, one-third of the patients in hospitals are not paying for their stays there, so a hospital stay is actually a revenue-producing event … Continue reading

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90% of employees believe they are amongst the top 10% of the performers in their company

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