Study: Consumers Give Up Data In Exchange For Discounts Because They Figure It’s All Out There Anyway

Study: Consumers Give Up Data In Exchange For Discounts Because They Figure It’s All Out There Anyway

You’re shopping at a store you’ve never been to before. They offer to sign you up for a loyalty card. You know it’s going to create endless postal and electronic spam for you if you accept, but they’ll give you 40% off of this order if you do. So you take the card. The store thinks they just bought your info with a discount. Are they right? [More]

(Neal Fowler)

Self-Driving Cars: Fewer Accidents, But More Motion Sickness

Cars increasingly drive themselves. If tech companies have their way, then entirely autonomous vehicles will be the future as soon as possible. But that future isn’t exactly primed to be glorious for everyone. For those of us at all prone to motion sickness, that future — despite being lower on accidents and higher on energy efficiency — is not going to be fun. [More]

Akamai's top 10 worldwide best average internet connection speeds for the end of 2014.

Virginia’s Got The Fastest Broadband In The U.S., But South Korea’s Still The Speed Fiend’s Place To Be

It’s that time again! Internet company Akamai keeps a sharp eye on the state of broadband at home and abroad, and delivers a quarterly report lining up just how we’re doing. But despite a whole huge pile of brand new data, the story remains the same: the U.S. still has a lot of catching up to do if we want to consider ourselves among the global broadband elite. [More]

(Ninja M.)

Do We Choose Which Products We Like Based On How Easy They Are To Pick Up?

How hard do you look at products before you grab them? While we’re usually not thinking, “oooh that looks nice and grabbable, I’m going to buy it,” one researchers says that how easy objects are to pick up and use might have some effect on us when it comes time to choose what we want. [More]

Study Shows The Obvious: Amazon Prime Members Spend More On Amazon

Study Shows The Obvious: Amazon Prime Members Spend More On Amazon

It should be obvious to anyone with a basic understanding of how shopping works that Amazon.com customers who have a subscription to the company’s Prime service probably spend a lot more with Amazon than people who don’t. The temptation to order just about everything one needs without needing to accumulate a $35 order beckons to our inner very lazy or very efficient people. [More]

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Tinder Gets Ad Money From Gillette Without Actually Displaying Ads

You might be hard pressed to find a dude with a clean-shave face these days, so it might come as no surprise that razor companies are interested in whether or not beards, stubble and other facial hair styles are a fad or have staying power. That’s why Gillette turned to cool kid on the block Tinder to find the answer, spending advertising bucks without ever placing an actual ad. [More]

Study: Over 17,000 Kids Have Been Hurt By Laundry Detergent Pods

Study: Over 17,000 Kids Have Been Hurt By Laundry Detergent Pods

Dissolving detergent pods, introduced in 2012, are convenient and popular. They’re also extremely dangerous to the young children to whom they look like delicious squishy treats. And a new study finds it’s even more children than previously thought, with an average of one child being hurt by a laundry pod every hour. [More]

Study: Most Corporate “Best-Of” Awards Pretty Much As Meaningless As You Thought

Study: Most Corporate “Best-Of” Awards Pretty Much As Meaningless As You Thought

We’ve all been there: some company you really hate runs an ad singing praises about all the awards they’ve gotten claiming they’re “number one!” in something. You frown at the TV, thinking, “Who the heck named them best of anything?” Now, a new study has found that the instinct to call shenanigans on those corporate awards is exactly right. Far from being meaningful recognitions of performance, those “awards” show exactly one thing: how much a company is willing to spend on marketing. [More]

Parents Calling To Make Sure Their Kids Aren’t Driving While Distracted Are Distracting Their Teenage Drivers

Parents Calling To Make Sure Their Kids Aren’t Driving While Distracted Are Distracting Their Teenage Drivers

Teens and driving are already a combination that makes many an adult quake in fear. Throw cell phones into the mix, and parents (and the rest of us who have to share the road) get downright desperate. Distracted driving is definitely dangerous. But the next time junior borrows the keys to the family station wagon, mom and dad may want to remember that calling him to remind him not to text his friends doesn’t actually cut down on distractions — it just means they are the distraction. [More]

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Study: One Third Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

Sometimes debt isn’t so bad, and sometimes it is, but one thing is clear: 80% of Americans owe someone, somewhere, some money. It might be a mortgage or student loan, or a five-year-old fee that got forgotten about, but the vast majority of us have some outstanding debt. And worse: a third of the country may have debt collectors chasing after them for that cash. [More]

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

We Eat Too Much Now Because Food Is Super Cheap, Study Says

Collectively, as a nation, we eat a lot of food. A lot of high-fat, high-sugar bad-for-us, questionable food. Scientists of every stripe are always asking why we do this to ourselves. The answer? It might be as simple as: because we can afford to. [More]

Study: Painkiller Could Be Liver Killer

Study: Painkiller Could Be Liver Killer

Over-the-counter painkillers seem harmless enough, but like any drug, they can cause plenty of pain of their own if overused. According to a study, popping too much acetaminophen over an extended period of time could cause liver failure and possibly lead to death. [More]

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Most Americans Giving Black Friday The Cold Shoulder

Despite all the hype and hoopla and multi-page spreads, most Americans are planning on doing absolutely no shopping at all on Black Friday, according to a new survey. [More]

America's Top 10 Most Mustache-Friendly Cities

America's Top 10 Most Mustache-Friendly Cities

The American Mustache Institute, a real organization, has published the results of a two-year study based on empirical research into which cities are the most appealing to those who choose to sport facial hair in the region between their nose and lip. Yes, it’s time for America’s top 10 most “mustache-friendly” cities, 2011. [More]

Science Tells You How To Book So You Avoid Airport Delays And Missed Flights

Science Tells You How To Book So You Avoid Airport Delays And Missed Flights

Harvard and MIT scientists have used statistical modeling techniques and figured out what are the best things you can do to avoid airport delays and missed connections. [More]

Study: After 25, After Every Hour Of TV Watched, Lifespan
Drops By 22 Minutes

Study: After 25, After Every Hour Of TV Watched, Lifespan Drops By 22 Minutes

Your mom was right. Watching TV is killing you, albeit indirectly. A new study found an association between people watching loads of TV and living shorter lives. So, it’s one of those correlation/causation dealios. Even still, the results were disturbing. By tracking death rates and lifestyle survey responses, the study found that for people over 25, for every hour of TV watched, their lifespan shortened by 22 minutes. [More]

Study: Fancy Cars Make Us Happy, Briefly

Study: Fancy Cars Make Us Happy, Briefly

In an amazing breakthrough for both Science and the study of consumer behavior, researchers have determined that the pleasures of having an expensive car is fleeting and quickly replaced by thinking about the anxieties of day-to-day existence. [More]

Study: People Love Their Cars Because They're Lonely

Study: People Love Their Cars Because They're Lonely

Why do people love their cars? Like really really love love LOVE their cars? More so than any other possession, cars arouse deep emotions in their owners. A study in the Journal of Consumer Research went to five car shows and interviewed car enthusiasts about their passion to try to figure out why. The most far-reaching of their conclusions is that people who love their cars do it, essentially, because they’re lonely. [More]