Recently, SKOUT, the global app meant to provide a safe way to help you find friends and make meaningful connections, polled almost 3000 of its users in regards to random acts of kindness. Participants were asked how often they perform these types of acts and how often they receive them. How the recipients feel and the perceived value of some of the more common acts was even taken into consideration. The survey revealed that among college students, these types of ‘brotherly love’ gestures are quite common. Just over half stating that they perform one such act on a daily basis, and almost all (93%) say that they have extended themselves in kindness to a stranger at least once.
SKOUT asked the group of students to rank common acts of kindness on how meaningful they are. Meaning, of course, is subjective, not objective. The rankings of the acts would, of course, be based on personal needs and values rather than on measurable data or statistical fact. Not surprisingly, number 1 on the college student’s list of meaningful acts was “pay it “backward” at a coffee shop or drive-thru.” Most students are broke and struggling for food other than ramen noodles and use caffeine as fuel for those all-night study sessions. Number two involved texting nice things to a friend while number 5 on the list took us to the gas station to fill a friends tank with fuel. Number 10 was rather benevolent. It said to take flowers to a nursing home and ask that they be given to someone who does not receive many visitors.
February 15-20 is random acts of kindness week. During the week, SKOUT asks the world to step up to the plate and apply the age-old adage to ‘do to others the way we would want them to do to us.” SKOUT has also gotten involved in applying the rule, hosting a food drive to benefit the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank while employees perform other random acts of kindness all over the city. But SKOUT is not just limited to the California area, they are all over the world. The app boasts 16 languages and users in 180 and countries. Their goal is to make a better world through connectivity, safety, and random acts of kindness. Get involved.
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Originally reported on Uloop.