In the 1960s, a number of French social psychologists, in collaboration with a major research institute, set up a boarding school in Europe. At the school, adolescents aged 12 to 19 studied and lived. For a year, everything was going on normally, and there were several quantitative and qualitative tests. During this year, each teenager eats up to 800 grams of three meals a day, including snacks.
After a year, they rumoured gradually and consciously that due to the economic situation, food may be rationally and quantitatively digestible. Six months after the rumour, the daily consumption of each person increased from 800 grams to 1200 grams. When they actually started rationing, the consumption of food ranged from 1200 grams to 1500 grams, and even at the end of this four-year period, adolescents who ate more than 5 kilograms a day. The reason for the increase in consumption was that teens saw theirs future vague.
When the centre was in a state of normal, people provided their food to another, and each other had a relationship based on goodness, compassion, and self-sacrifice. But when the rumour of food shortages was raised, the compliments, politeness, and kindness behaved less than each other. In fact, due to the vagueness of the future, the ethical living based on justice, goodness, adherence to the law, and … was diminished gradually.