The Guardian - 5 Oct 2018
There is an endless list of books and articles trying to uncover the Holy Grail of productivity and that offer enhancement techniques that do not work. Maybe, as this article claims, it’s because the secret of productivity is simple: it’s just a question of doing what we enjoy. Abundant research shows that, by far, the biggest predictor of whether something gets done is whether it’s fun to do (reads in 3- min).
Published in Weekly selection 13 October 2018
The Atlantic - 27 Sep 2018
Luxury goods don’t impress, but repel! Recent research suggests that conspicuous consumption can temporarily increase one’s self-esteem but it does not impress potential friends. Status does not attract new friends because people, when looking for friends, don’t like feeling inadequate (reads in 3-4 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 September 2018
Vox - 10 Sep 2018
This is an article about the growing “anxiety economy”, composed of products designed to calm us down. An entire, flourishing, industry now deals with the treatment of anxiety through items like fidget cubes and gravity blankets. What does that tell us when we start dealing with mental health issues by throwing products at it? Treating anxiety with stuff is a global phenomenon, but particularly marked in the US (reads in 8-10 min).
Published in Weekly selection 14 September 2018