How should wealth be distributed in society?

We are Nils and Christopher, two PhD-students who are personally and academically interested in wealth inequality. Nils graduated in Social Psychology and works at the Free University of Amsterdam on topics relating to the social and moral psychology of corruption. Christopher works at the Institute of Communication Research in Münster. His research focuses on political communication and European solidarity.

In the Concept of Society tasks a few months ago, we asked Roamlers in different countries to imagine that the entire wealth (everything of monetary value) in your society is like a big cake. In the first part we asked you how you think this cake is currently split (in five pieces) in your society.

We find that people from all countries underestimate the inequality in the society!
Independent on whether the responses came all the way from Chile or from Germany, you think that the wealth is split more evenly than it actually is.

EqualdistributionThen we gave Roamlers a huge imaginary knife and let you distribute the wealth-cake in the way you would consider ideal. The interesting twist was, that you don’t know where you would end up in this society – How would you distribute wealth in a society if you don’t know whether you would be ‘eating from the biggest piece or from the smallest’? This method is called ’veil of ignorance’.

So what does the ideal society look like according to Roamlers? Is it like the example shown in the task? In the graph on the right wealth is distributed equally; each of the 5 groups has a fifth of the wealth.

People across the different countries agree to a large extent about their ideal distribution. 

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There are of course some differences: Roamlers in Germany, Sweden, Italy and Chile want redistribute wealth, whereas UK and French Roamlers want to keep the existing wealth hierarchy, although reduce the differences drastically. Some interesting stuff…

Oh yeah, judging from the answers you seemed to have enjoyed the task as well 🙂 For example, this is what a Roamler from UK answered to the question on whether you liked the task: “Yes. I’d love to get involved in more like this. It’s important researchers have many avenues to different participant groups.”

Because of this enthusiasm, Nils, Christopher and the Roamler team decided to have another task ready for you, starting today. Check out the app and participate in this research. Nils and Christopher are interested in your answers!

 

Unique Number Game

Roamler Rick thought of an interesting game for Roamlers. So together with you, we started a bit of an experiment with the Lowest Unique Number game in which you could choose a number.

The rules of the game are as follows; choose a number of which you believe you are the only Roamler mentioning it in this task. The Roamler with the lowest, unique number earns 500 XP plus the XP of the number you mention in the task.

An example: Imagine six Roamlers send in number 1; two Roamlers send in number 2; four Roamlers send in number 3; one Roamler sends in number 4; two Roamlers send in number 5 and one Roamler sends in number 6. The Roamler who mentioned 4, earns 504 XP at the end of the task.

Roamlers who mentioned number 1, sent in the lowest number, but they were not unique in their choice. The Roamler who mentioned number 6 was the only one choosing this number, but it wasn’t the lowest, unique number.

Who won?
Number9RoamlerRichardThe results are in (you can find the PDF file here) and the numbers and the number of times mentioned can be found in this list. So which Roamler submitted the lowest unique number and won 500 XP plus the number mentioned in the task? First of all, 204 Roamlers performed this task. The numbers 30 and lower are all mentioned at least once. Number 17 is mentioned most by Roamlers (10 times). Interestingly enough number 2017 was mentioned twice, what are the odds of that?

The lowest unique number is 9! It was submitted by Roamler Richard, so he earns 509 XP, congrats Richard! A task for 509 XP is available for you in the app.

Who predicted the Oscar winners best?

If you haven’t seen the 87th edition of the Academy Awards (better known as the Oscars), you might have read that ‘Birdman’ won the Award for Best Motion Picture of the Year.

In a recent Roamler task we asked you to predict the winners. We also asked Roamlers in other countries to predict the winners and here are the result. Below you’ll find an overview of the different predictions of Roamlers all over the world. The winner in each category is listed in blue, in red you can find the prediction that was mentioned most per country.

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Best Directing

So who was best in predicting the winners? Well, the winners are… Mexican Roamlers! Which might have something to do with the director of the movie ‘Birdman’; Alejandro González Iñárritu. Although there is nobody who predicted all winners correctly, there is  a small victory for UK Roamlers. Most of you predicted the correct winner for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. The Swedish Roamlers were best in predicting the Best Animated Feature Film.

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Best Actress

Best Animated Film

It’s #WorldNutellaDay!

Today all Nutella lovers unite for just one day. The whole day long, recipes and photos are shared on Twitter and Facebook and you’re allowed to eat tons and tons of Nutella (if you haven’t already done so).

Roamlers from 8 countries shared their favourite recipe with us. We received 246 submissions in total from Belgium, Chile, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, The Netherlands, Turkey and United Kingdom, including some very tasty inspiration!

Nutella sizeNutella cans can be purchased in all kinds of sizes; from a pocket version of 200 grams (convenient to take anywhere and afterwards used as a drinking glass) and the 1 kilograms can for the real fans. There are even enormous limited editions for the Nutella lovers. On the right you can see which size is most often purchased by Roamlers.

It turns out there’s a lot more you can do which Nutella than just putting it on your sandwich. Roamlers have shared their most favourite recipes with us. We got real hungry of all the delicious cakes, pies, croissants, truffles, pancakes (and many more) which passed our screen, though we managed to make a selection to give you some inspiration (and make you a bit hungry perhaps). Check it out here:

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What delicacy will you prepare? Or is it too hard to choose? Take a look at the photos below of some delicious dishes which have been made out of Nutella.

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As we love celebrations, we asked  Roamlers which other products deserve their own celebration day. Apparently, there are many more products suited for such a special day. On the right you can find a selection of the suggestions which were made most often. So what’s next? World Pizza Day? Or World Coca-Cola day?

Anyway, for now it’s World Nutella Day! So let’s prepare, eat, enjoy and .. celebrate!

 

 

Photo a Week November: The Winners

In November we’ve asked you to submit creative photos in four different categories: Reflections, Textures, Sound and Lines. From all the amazing submissions, the Roamler team chose 4 photos for each category. You then had the opportunity to vote on your favourite photos. It’s now time to reveal the winners! Thank you for all the submissions and congratulations to the winners!

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The winner of week 1, Reflections, is Penny S. The photo of her dog with her favourite ball was taken on Chesil Beach in Dorset.

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The winner of week 2, Textures, is Lisa K. The photo was taken at Kings Cross in London, and Lisa thinks that the light on the beams is beautiful.

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The winner of week 3, Sound, is Rachel L. The picture is from the Dreams of Christmas show in Disneyland Paris. According to Rachel, it shows the noise of the fireworks.

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The winner of week 4, Lines, is Linda W. The photo was taken in Barbados. Linda said that the caterpillars were all over the plants at the Villa that they stayed at. ‘So many lines on them!!’

Blackout Poetry

Recently, we challenged you to send in your own ‘Blackout Poem’. This is a form of art created by the artist Austin Kleon. You transform a piece of text (from a newspaper, old book, magazine, etc.) by crossing words you don’t want to use, and form your own, new sentence. Here are five of the poems we liked the most out of all submissions, is yours there?! (Click on the photos to enlarge)

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As you can see, real poems are hidden in ordinary texts. And of course, there’s also some humour hidden in between the lines 😉

If you got inspired by this task, you can try to make your own Blackout Poem and submit it to the website of Austin Kleon: http://austinkleon.com/

Have fun writing, ehm crossing!

Guess the cover

Recently, we challenged you to guess the Album and DVD covers that were depicted by other Roamlers in the ‘Cover it’ task. Most of you correctly guessed the first 3 covers. Some Roamlers were able to find the 4 covers depicted in the task, well done! The cover depicting ‘The Truman Show’ appeared to be the most difficult one. You can now find out which Album and DVD covers you guessed correctly.

Thank you all for your guesses; we hope you had fun completing this task!

Cover 1 – ‘Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon’ by Roamler Michael

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Cover 2 – ‘OASIS – Definitely Maybe’ by Roamler Tim

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Cover 3 – ‘The Velvet Underground and Nico – Andy Warhol’  by Roamler Danielle

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Cover 4 – ‘The Truman Show’ by Roamler Jack

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World Food Day

World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year on October 16th to commemorate the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945. The theme chosen for 2014 was Family Farming: “Feeding the world, caring for the earth”, to highlight the potential of family farmers to eradicate hunger and preserve natural resources.

Several events take place all over the world to mark this day, and Roamler joined these celebrations. In line with the theme chosen for this year, we asked Roamlers if they have their own vegetable garden, and if they eat from those products on a regular basis. We were also interested in how often Roamlers buy food from a farm in their neighbourhood.

The results showed that around 83% of Roamlers didn’t know about World Food Day before reading the task, and 73% has a vegetable garden, some food plants or herbs in their house. From those, almost 70% eat from their vegetable garden or food plants on a monthly or weekly basis.  Additionally, almost 50% of the Roamlers that performed this task buy products from farms in their neighbourhood at least a few times a year.

Roamlers submitted several nice photos of their own vegetable garden, and showed that they take good care of the earth! Here are some of the photos submitted by Roamlers:

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Thank you all for sharing your own vegetable gardens!

Happy World Food Day!

Water consumption

One litre of fluid a day is theoretically enough to keep you alive. But depending on age, stress, weather and habits, some adults should drink up to 3 litres of water per day. We asked Roamlers in 6 different countries about the amount of water they drink on a daily basis and also about their preferred kinds of bottles and sorts of water. Below we share some of the interesting results.

Looking at the average amount of water drunk during the day, most Roamlers drink more than the required litre a day but don’t succeed in drinking more than 3 litres. Below you will find the average number of litres of water drunk in one day, per country.

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Overall the most preferred package is plastic bottle, with 68,71%. In the UK this is number is equal to 57,01%.

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You drink all kinds of water brands, ranging from Buxton, Deep River Rock, Evian to San Pelligrino and Volvic and the home brands found in the supermarkets. The photos below show the variety of brands found in supermarkets and at your homes.

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Guess the movie scene

A few weeks ago, we challenged you to guess the movie scenes created by five creative Roamlers. We know that some photos were difficult to guess, but you all did a great job! Unfortunately no one guessed the five movies, but several Roamlers got 4 answers right. It is now time to announce the correct answers, and the authors of each movie scene:

The first three movies are Gravity, by Ruth; Thelma and Louise, by Erica and The Italian Job, by Andy.

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The other movies that Roamlers had to guess are Spiderman 2, by Michelle and Rain Man, by Valerie

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The last photo (Rain Man) appeared to be the most difficult one, since only two people found out which movie was depicted there. On the other hand, most of you guessed correctly the second movie (Thelma and Louise).

Thank you for all your submissions, we hope you had fun guessing the movies!