Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

From Dan Ariely's mailbox: I’ve gotten used to the amount of communication that occurs via text nowadays and even sometimes prefer it. However, when it comes to resolving relationship conflicts, having a face-to-face conversation still feels like the right approach to me. Would you agree with my intuition that people can better resolve their issues … Continue reading Resolving Relationship Conflicts Through Texting?

How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

Dan Ariely has written several books about irrational decision making, including Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality. His books are both enjoyable and educational. In addition, he has a regular column in the Wall Street Journal called Ask Dan, which has been the basis for many of my blog posts over the past five … Continue reading How to Avoid Behaving Irrationally

How Do All These People Have Each Other’s Phone Numbers?

I'm starting to wonder if there is a master list somewhere of the phone numbers of all the famous people in the world, and once you become one of those famous people, somebody loads all of the other famous people's contact info on to your phone. For example, when a golfer wins a tournament, he … Continue reading How Do All These People Have Each Other’s Phone Numbers?

Hopefully, You Know Your Next Door Neighbor. But Do You Know Your Number Neighbor?

Known as the number neighbor or text door challenge, the way it works is that phone users just text the phone number that is the same as their number, except the last digit is either one number higher or lower. The original texter is then supposed to post screenshots of the resulting conversations on Twitter. … Continue reading Hopefully, You Know Your Next Door Neighbor. But Do You Know Your Number Neighbor?