This guy goes around guessing New Yorkers' incomes

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I somehow found this to be utterly boring.

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“Money just buys a whole new set of problems.” Well said.

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There’s just too much variety in people’s lifestyle choices and priorities to reach accurate guesses from those three questions (really four, because he’s also asking where they live). They’re rough, cold-reading kinds of questions at best.

True. My answer would be: “No, money doesn’t buy happiness. But in a capitalist society it helps you avoid a heck of a lot of misery and stress.”

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How do they all have so much money? An “unemployed” musician makes 50grand somehow.

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If you’re on the lower portions of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs, money might not buy happiness but it sure can buy a lot of relief and safety, which can feel quite akin to happiness!
I think that’s part of how he uses the question. If people say, “No,” it means they’re already relatively secure with food and shelter. I liked the 1st woman’s answer to that question.

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Often family money, the income source no-one talks about (especially in Manhattan).

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I just missed being born there by like 3 miles, oh well…

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The questions used in street interviews make a big difference. He has a goal, so the repeated questions can be annoying to viewers. I find the Easy German language videos to be interesting, because they ask thoughtful questions and get unexpected answers from people on the street. The Easy Languages channel has teams in countries around the world, which makes it fun to learn a bit about other cultures and perspectives from these types of interviews.

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Yeah, money doesn’t buy happiness, but a lack of money buys a whole shitload of misery. Anyone who’s been poor poor knows that.

“Mo money, mo problems?” Gtfo with that bullshit. There is nothing more miserable than poverty no matter how many fables they spin. Shove your $700k worth of problems where the sun don’t shine Mister “I live off investments”.

But give me 50% first.

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