Looking for a conversation starter? Why not play a game of “Would You Rather”? If you need some inspiration, here are some questions from a “Would You Rather” survey about money.
Over 30,000 people were polled by BuzzFeed. Here are the best ones, and how people voted.
1. Would you rather win the lottery, but lose all your friends, or lose all your money, but find your soulmate?
59% said they’d rather be broke and in love.
It can be hard to find a balance between love and money. That’s because making it financially usually takes a lot of time and so does building relationships. Without balance, you could find yourself short on the time you need to achieve both!
The good news is, if you do win the lottery, you don’t have to worry about spending your time making money. So long as you don’t let your riches go to your head, you may just be able to have love and money.
2. Would you rather have a job you hate that pays well, or a job you love with a below-average salary?
56% said they’d rather have a job they love.
When the bills never stop rolling in, finding a job that pays well, even when you hate it, can seem like a blessing. But enjoying your job can have several benefits.
From a professional perspective, it can help motivate you and increase productivity, which can lead to greater success in your career. If you’re lucky, that may lead to more money.
From a personal level, the positive vibes can help improve your mental health and overall well-being. It can even help improve relationships.
3. Would you rather spend a million dollars on clothes, or a million on travel?
88% would rather travel.
Research shows that experiences bring us more happiness than objects. Sure, there are some objects with deep meaning can trigger important memories. But generally, experiences are more important than material possessions because they provide long-lasting memories.
After all, clothes wear out and becomes dated. A good trip (or several) is something that you can remember for the rest of your life.
4. Would you rather make $100,000 on Bitcoin, or $50,000 investing in a business that helps the environment?
69% said 50 grand and help the planet.
The results of this question may have something to do with the fact that only 24% of people say they understand Bitcoin well. But hopefully it has more to do with our want to help the planet.
5. Would you rather get a million dollars right now, or $100,000 a year for ten years?
71% would rather get 100 grand a year, so they wouldn’t spend it all.
Getting $100,000 a year for 10 years looks like it may be the right choice. Why? Because it turns out that 70% of winners, whether they win $500 million or $1 million, spend/lose all of their money in 5 years or less.
6. Would you rather go back in time to fix your biggest money mistake, or look into your future to find out where you end up?
This might have been the best question asked, because it was an even, 50/50 split.
The benefit of looking into the future is that you may be able to change it, if you don’t like it. Think something on the lines of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. You could also overthink every decision for the rest of your life based on what you saw and end up worse off than you should have.
For those of you choosing to go backwards, you may set the course of your life right by fixing your worst money mistake. Or you could start a series of events that cause more harm than good.
The lesson here? It’s fun to imagine but maybe we are better off not messing with time.