Does the marshmallow test measure anything other than wealth?


The marshmallow test is currently doing the rounds on Facebook, thanks to social media personality Jay Shetty. The test suggests that those who learn delayed gratification at a young age will do better in later life.

But poor kids are more likely to say yes to one marshmallow now because they’ve learned that the promise of something better later doesn’t always pan out.

And the measurements used to see if these kids did better in later life were “educational attainment” and “body mass index” – which can also be linked to poverty.

What I think is far more interesting is what taking the one marshmallow straight away might say about you. This experiment effectively writes these kids off. But they might have the potential to make excellent entrepreneurs.

Read article about the marshmallow test on Medium

One thought on “Does the marshmallow test measure anything other than wealth?

  1. Not just poverty – any trauma. You could be wealthy but have neglectful or abusive parents who would be just as likely to never give you any marshmallows. It’s adaptive to take what you can get when you can get it in any situation of interpersonal trauma with a power dynamic, of which poverty is one all-too-common type, but not the only one.


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