Do you trust people who are not like you?
Harvard Political Science professor Robert Putnam released a study recently which states that “the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone.” Here’s an excerpt from the article:
The core message of the research was that, “in the presence of diversity, we hunker down”, he said. “We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.”
I can understand being slightly less willing to trust someone who may be perceived as different from you, but not trusting anyone????? That seems like a bit much.
Do you agree with these findings?