Lost Letter Experiment

I decided to replicate Stanley Milgram’s lost letter experiment to see what would happen.

I took ten envelopes, placed a couple sheets of paper inside, put my address on them, and put a stamp on them.

Next, I went around town and “lost” my letters.  One was “lost” in the bathroom at Walgreens and another one was “lost” at the Walmart parking lot.  I continued until all ten letters were “lost.”

Then I waited to see how many of my letters would come back to me.  Would someone find my letter and put in the mailbox or would my letter end up in a trashcan?

I am happy to report, I received 80% of my letters over the next few days.

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10 thoughts on “Lost Letter Experiment

  1. I shared this on one of my blogs! I guess you will see the pingback. I am really impressed you got 80% ! I wonder if the others were just blown away/damaged before being found?

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