February 28, 2012 | 04:13 PM A study just came out that "suggests that people who are socially and financially better-off are more likely to lie, cheat, and otherwise behave unethically compared to individuals who occupy lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder."
Writer F. Scott Fitzgerald once claimed "the rich are different than us." To which writer Ernest Hemingway said, "yes, they have more money."
According to the study there's more difference than meets the eye.
Why do they act that way?
They have a sense of entitlement, the researchers assume.
Plus, the study says, "elevated wealth status seems to make you want even more, and that increased want leads you to bend the rules or break the rules to serve your self-interest."
I've always thought that conventional wisdom presumed that those in the less fortunate economic strata tended to be more unsavory, but this study says otherwise.
I take no position on the validity of the research since I am somewhere between rich and poor. Like the three bears, maybe I'm in the group that has it "just right."