Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

Proving that they weren't just flashes in the pan, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen returned to the top of the Billboard Charts with their newest albums this week. The last time these two held the top two spots was back in 1985, when Springsteen was on top with "Born in the USA" and Madonna held the … Continue reading Music Monday: Madonna and Bruce End 34-Year Slump

People Are More Honest Than We Think, and I Find That Sad

People are more likely to return a lost wallet with money inside than an empty wallet. That should seem like a given to me, but apparently, it came as a surprise to a group of international researchers who set out to test the tension between financial self-interest and the honesty of people around the world. The … Continue reading People Are More Honest Than We Think, and I Find That Sad

How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Yesterday, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the results of the American Time Use Survey (ATUS). These data include the average amount of time per day in 2018 that individuals worked, did household activities, and engaged in leisure and sports activities. Additionally, measures of the average time per day spent providing childcare—both as a … Continue reading How Do You Compare – the Annual American Time Use Survey

Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

I know, it's not necessarily the most uplifting of topics to write about, but it's amazing what ideas pop into your head when you've got a deadline. I recently wrote about the best songs to accompany graduation, and so I started thinking about other major life events where music can play a key role. My … Continue reading Music Monday: Best Songs for a Funeral

Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Researchers at Princeton and NYU's Social Media and Political Participation Lab examined the individual-level characteristics associated with sharing false articles on Facebook during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. Here were some of the results: first and foremost, sharing content was a relatively rare activity. Roughly 1 in 12 users shared fake news stories. Those who shared the most … Continue reading Getting Too Much Fake News on Facebook? Blame Your Conservative Grandparents

Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

The New York Times recently published, "The Top 25 Songs That Matter Right Now" in an attempt to highlight songs that capture the current mood of our country. The editors note that the songs selected represent a very earnest, very serious desire to find the right reaction to a world that feels tense and high-stakes … Continue reading Music Monday: The Top 25 Songs That Matter Now

A Look at the Future, and the Past. This Year’s Super Bowl Ads.

Now that the dust has settled and you've completely forgotten about the Super Bowl ads from last week, I thought I'd share my thoughts on this year's ads, including my favorites, and not so favorites. We had an ad going back to 1982, and ones looking at a future filled with robots. But before I dive in, … Continue reading A Look at the Future, and the Past. This Year’s Super Bowl Ads.

Sorry, Chevrolet, It Looks Like Two Thumbs Down for Your Latest Commercial

I had seen the commercial a couple of times, but I hadn't really paid too much attention to it. Then I read Harlan Coben's tweet about it: Is it weird that Chevy’s adverising campaign relies on the fact that no one believes Chevy is reliable? — Harlan Coben (@HarlanCoben) January 7, 2019 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js So I … Continue reading Sorry, Chevrolet, It Looks Like Two Thumbs Down for Your Latest Commercial

America’s Biggest Fears – and Mine

Every year since 2014, Chapman University has conducted a Survey of American Fears. The results provide an in-depth examination into the fears of average Americans. For the most recent survey (June, 2018), a random sample of 1,190 adults from across the United States was asked their level of fear about ninety-four different phenomena including crime, the … Continue reading America’s Biggest Fears – and Mine

Will I Make It into the Toy Hall of Fame? You May Rely On It.

That was the answer for three toys this year - the Magic 8 Ball, the popular card game Uno, and pinball. The honorees were chosen from a field of 12 finalists that also included American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, Fisher-Price Corn Popper, Masters of the Universe, sled, tic-tac-toe, Tickle Me Elmo, and Tudor Electric Football. I … Continue reading Will I Make It into the Toy Hall of Fame? You May Rely On It.