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Ask Ariely: On Noisy Chatrooms, Maximizing Buffets, and Like Buttons

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, Why do young people on dates go to loud, crowded places? The dim light prevents the couple from talking…

The High Cost of Procrastination

Procrastination (from the Latin pro, meaning for; and cras, meaning tomorrow) is one of our most common, but least welcome, partners in life. In its most common form, procrastination takes place whenever we promise to finish a project by the end of the week, just to watch deadline zoom by. But, more broadly, procrastination is…

Ask Ariely: On A Midlife Cliché

Here’s the missing Q&A from my Ask Ariely column yesterday… ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I am a middle-aged guy who’s doing OK financially, and I’m thinking about buying myself a sports car—perhaps a Porsche 911. But I’m also a bit disturbed by the obvious midlife cliché. What would you do? —Craig  Tesla designs cars for people with your … … Continue reading

Ask Ariely: On Superstitious Toasts and Exploring the Unknown

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, At a dinner party a few years ago, we were raising our glasses to our hosts’ health. The person … … Continue reading

The 3 Costs of Multitasking

Are you a task switcher? This is the quintessential rhetorical question, because we all switch between tasks, and we do so often. While the answer to this question is predictable, clear and almost universal — a more complex and important question is how much time do you think you lose when you engage in task … … Continue reading

Are Fuel Band settings actually making us lazier?

Nike Fuel Band asks users to choose a goal during the set up of the product. Below is the one that was recommended to us. However, the popular and proven number of steps we should take a day is 10,000. With this default of 2,500, how likely is it that a user will set a goal…

Ask Ariely: On Late-night Raids, Home Improvement, and the Magic of Memory

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, Whenever I work the night shift, I wind up raiding … … Continue reading

Behavioral Economics – what is it?

But aren’t you manipulating people? Behavioral economics can get a rap within companies or governments for being a tool used to (wrongfully) influence people…or some would say, manipulate them. Yes and mostly no “While the field of applied behavioral economics is partly about influence, it’s largely concerned with the intention-action gap.  42 ideas summed this…

Why do some social posts spread and others don’t?

Sometimes we post things on Facebook and they get NO likes.  And, sometimes they catch on like wildfire. Why is that? Our intuition would say that the number of LIKES depends on the quality of  the post. Interesting posts should get more LIKES than non-interesting ones. Researchers Egebark and Ekstrom had a different hypothesis. Instead…

Ask Ariely: On God’s Image and Marriage Money

Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ______________________________________________________ Dear Dan, Why are there so many religions, all of which suggest that God is on their side and holds the … … Continue reading

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