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

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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2018 - Big data - 338 pages
'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.

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About the author (2018)

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is a New York Times op-ed contributor, a visiting lecturer at The Wharton School, and a former Google data scientist. He received a BA in philosophy from Stanford, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a PhD in economics from Harvard. His research which uses new, big data sources to uncover hidden behaviours and attitudes has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics and other prestigious publications. He lives in New York City.
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