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Everybody Lies: What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are

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'This book is about a whole new way of studying the mind ... endlessly fascinating' Steven Pinker

Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters – and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, people confess their secrets – about sexless marriages, mental health problems, even racist views. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, an economist and former Google data scientist, shows that this could just be the most important dataset ever collected.

This huge database of secrets – unprecedented in human history – offers astonishing, even revolutionary, insights into humankind. Anxiety, for instance, does not increase after a terrorist attack. Crime levels drop when a violent film is released. And racist searches are no higher in Republican areas than in Democrat ones.

Stephens-Davidowitz reveals information we can use to change our culture, and the questions we're afraid to ask that might be essential to our health – both emotional and physical. Insightful, funny, and always surprising, Everybody Lies exposes the biases and secrets embedded deeply within us, at a time when things are harder to predict than ever.

Category:
Social Sciences
Cover:
Paperback
Edition Number:
1
ISBN:
9781408894736
Pages:
352
Author:
Stephens- Davidowitz Seth
Publisher:
BLOOMSBURY
Release Year:
2017

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz received a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard in 2013. His work focuses on using big-data sources to uncover previously hidden behaviors and attitudes. He is a former quantitative analyst at Google.

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