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Can a smartphone app judge your morality in daily life? Yes it can, say researchers.
In a bid to keep a tab on moral judgements in everyday life, researchers used a smartphone app to track moral and immoral acts committed or witnessed around 1,200 people on a single day.
the findings showed that people were about three times eager to report committing a moral act compared with an immoral one, but about 2.5 times as likely to report about someone else behaving badly than someone doing good deeds.
As part of their study, researchers looked into the lives of 1,252 us and canadian adults recruited through craigslist, twitter and other sources.
Wilhelm hofmann, a social psychologist at the university of cologne in germany, and his colleagues sent participants text messages at random times and asked them to report any moral or immoral acts they had committed, been the target of, witnessed, or simply heard about within the previous hour. Of 13,240 responses, 29% included a morally significant event.
Researchers noted that moral acts included helping a lost tourist or giving a sandwich to a homeless person and acts deemed immoral such as petty theft or smoking in a car full of children.
Most of the acts — 64% — occurred in public places. Another 23% occurred at home.
The study also supports the idea that people with different political leanings emphasize different aspects of morality..