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Would You Rather: Sharing

Kajamba Fitz-Henley

Willingness to share is a virtue most of our parents have tried to instill in us. However that doesn’t mean it come easily. When it comes to food, gadgets, clothes and even space, some of us find it extremely hard to divide our valuables among others. The Would You Rather scenarios might help us gauge the extent to which we hold the virtue of sharing.

In an effort to teach you the value of money you parents have decided to reduce your weekly allowance of $500 by forcing you to split it equally with your little sister. This means you would only have $250 to spend per week aside from transportation fair. You have been given the option of taking sandwiches and water for lunch. You know your little sister will only spend her half of your money on sweets however the only alternative is to stop using social media; you will not be allowed to use Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, WhatsApp or any form of online messaging.

Would You Rather:
Share half your allowance with your sister and give up social media (40%)
Keep social media and learn to survive on $250 per week (60%)
“I’m not a big social media person and I don’t like talking to people so giving it all up would be fine.” (Lori-Ann, 16)
“You know I spend money too much already so I think it would be fun to try it lol.” (Marissia, 18)

It is 2pm and you haven’t eaten since yesterday afternoon. You just bought a small box lunch however your best friend has not eaten either. She always forgets her lunch money. Usually you would supply her with food however you don’t have money for anymore food today. If you share the small lunch with her then it will be the only thing you will eat for the day seeing as there is no food in your house and your mother will most likely be home too late to stop for any food. If you tell you best friend know she will think you selfish seeing as she has no food at all.

Would You Rather: 
Share the food with your best friend and eat nothing else for the rest of the day (60%)
Eat the food by yourself and have your friend be mad at you for appearing selfish (40%)
“I picked the first one because I love my best friend.” (Jamila, 18)
“Any of my true friends would know that sharing my food is a no-no, especially when I’m hungry.” (Carlene, 17)

Your grandmother is sick and needs to stay in your room. Given that she is sick, you will have to take care of her constantly when she wakes up and needs help in the nights. Such help includes taking her to the bathroom and helping her change. Her mumbling has also kept you awake at night before. If she doesn’t stay with you then she will have to sleep in your parents’ room, in which case you will have to come home and cook dinner for the household of 5 every evening. Your parents say this is because they will be too busy. 

Would You Rather
Share your room and have to deal with your grandmother (40%)
Come home and cook dinner for a household for 7 days each week (60%)
“Sharing the room is something I could get used to, it’s just the ‘taking care of’ part that sounds iffy. But I can’t cook at all so it would have to be that choice.” (Krysta, 17)
“At least cooking is just one chore...taking care of my grandmother sounds like a much heavier commitment. And at least my room would be safe.” (Ennis, 18)

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