A heart-warming photograph circulated the Internet recently. It pictured Meghan Vogel, a high school junior, stopping and helping a fallen teammate cross the finish line of their 3,200-meter foot race. Beautiful image. Lovely sentiment. Pure baloney.
According to a survey of 1000 adults by Shine and Fitness magazine, most people are a lot less altruistic than the young Ohio track star. When it comes to work, intelligence, athletic ability and even hobbies most men and women fiercely want to beat out their competition, even it that means besting a friend.
Life is just a game
About 80% of adults acknowledge that they are at least somewhat competitive. Young men (ages 18-34) are the most cutthroat over all-64% say they are "very" or "extremely" competitive. Even at play they want to be the best-about 49% of guys say they are competitive about their hobbies (vs. 38% of women). Don't think that women aren't in it to win it, though.
Smartest gal/guy in the room
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