Overestimating our contributions

One of my favorite stories from Dan Ariely – a Behavioral Economics author and Professor – is about how roommates and spouses consistently overestimate their contribution to the household.

When his research team asked roommates to estimate their contributions, the totals consistently added up to more than a 100%.

It is one of those studies that I think about from time to time. When I find myself thinking about my contribution to chores as I attend to them after a long day, it reminds me of just how wrong I likely am… and chuckle.