The Royal Wedding- To Pay or Not To Pay?
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Today I finished reading this book "Predictably Irrational" by, Dan Ariely. It's a great book, and it makes you really take a step back and look at the little and big decisions you make every day, and see how often, the basis of these decisions are completely irrational (particularly as it relates to spending money).
I've been thinking about this as I walk around, and surf... the internet. Yesterday, I was waiting to get my makeup done in a trailer (for my first commercial shoot) and I overheard two British women talking about whether they were going to watch THE Wedding or not. One lady said she would, and seemed quite excited about watching the wedding. The other lady... not so much, but she was being polite. I was thinking about it, and I didn't get it. What's the big deal about watching someone else's wedding? Someone you don't know, and probably will never meet? How come so many people want to share in the royal British wedding? There are a lot of articles all over the internet preparing for the big day- which is today- or perhaps has already happened. I'm clearly not watching it- in the interest of full disclosure.
There is an entire page on the web devoted to all the places you can see the royal wedding, and the tickets range from $40-$60. I wonder at the irrationality in purchasing a ticket to see this wedding. Do you think this is irrational? Where else could this money have gone? SO many places. Like donated to any one of the many suffering American cities - effected by the Tornado craze (the other headline making news bit). Or towards anything else, doesn't matter what it is, $60 isn't meager pickings (for most). Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn't buy a ticket, nor donate money. I happen to be saving at the moment. (New project).
If I had cable, I might be switching between channels covering the wedding, and channels covering the tornado, for a bit. Just as I've been doing on the internet. Then gradually, I'd lose interest in all of the above, and perhaps wander over to a good book, or to write a blog- much like I'm doing now. I don't think curiosity is a crime, certainly not! But it is remarkable to me how easily we can make irrational decisions about $. I'm sure I make them all the time. People are "Predictably Irrational", as Dan Ariely revealed to me in his book, and now I see our irrationality all around me.