Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World
The many ways we act by default (without even knowing it).
by Lena Groeger ProPublica, July 27, 2016, 8 a.m.
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In the U.S. when you register for your driver’s license, you’re asked whether or not you’d like to be an organ donor. We operate on an opt-in basis: that is, the default is that you are not an organ donor. If you want to donate your organs, you need to actively check a box on the DMV questionnaire. Only about 40 percent of the population is signed up to be an organ donor.
In other countries such as Spain, Portugal and Austria, the default is that you’re an organ donor unless you explicitly choose not to be. And in many of those countries over 99 percent of the population is registered. A recent study found that countries with opt-out or “presumed consent” policies don’t just have more people who sign up to be donors, they also have consistently higher numbers of transplants.
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I’m an organ donor only because I am trying to “sneak into” Heaven.
Seriously, if what I no longer have use for can help someone else, then why not.
Over and above that, I’m going to start looking at “my defaults”. They may be more important than any of my many faults.
Maybe I can remind you all to select recycling “your parts”?
Dona Nobis Pacem
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