Is Social Media Disconnecting Us From the Big Picture? Maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised that Donald Trump could be elected president, but I was. I live in Brooklyn and work in Manhattan, two of the most liberal places in … Continue reading The cognitive traps of social media
Facebook’s New News Feed Isn’t Progress Facebook has a lot to learn from John Stuart Mill, one of history’s greatest thinkers about freedom and democracy. In 1834, Mill wrote, “It is hardly possible to overstate the value, in the present … Continue reading Why Facebook’s News Feed is bad
What neuroscience and psychology can teach us about shareable content What makes you stop scrolling through an article, open up a social media app and hit the share button? Is it logic, emotion, or something else? Turns out, there’s more … Continue reading Why do you share what you do?
How social media taught us to stop listening and forget how to lose For followers of William Miller, dawn of 22 October 1844 was a real letdown. Hundreds of thousands of them were convinced they had a date with Jesus … Continue reading Confirmation bias in social media
Peer-Pressure Philanthropy When Ralph C. Wilson, the businessman who founded the Buffalo Bills football team in the fifties, died last year at the age of ninety-five, he left behind the tiny, little-known Ralph C. Wilson Foundation. It’s hard to learn much about the foundation—a Google search doesn’t turn up a Web site—which might be partly because it didn’t do much: its assets, as of 2013, were under two million dollars, according to public records. While he was alive, Wilson had dabbled in philanthropy, giving money to medical institutions and others, but none of his public contributions had been particularly large. … Continue reading Do donor-advised funds enhance giving?
Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others Endless meetings that do little but waste everyone’s time. Dysfunctional committees that take two steps back for every one forward. Project teams that engage in wishful groupthinking rather than honest analysis. Everyone who is part of an organization — a company, a nonprofit, a condo board — has experienced these and other pathologies that can occur when human beings try to work together in groups. But does teamwork have to be a lost cause? Psychologists have been working on the problem for a long time. And for good reason: Nowadays, though we may … Continue reading What makes groups smart
Why does cold water on our heads increase charitable giving? Silly, narcissistic, irresponsible are some of the adjectives that the “ice-bucket challenge” has received from its critics. This is an initiative that was created to raise money for charities and consists of someone pouring a bucket of ice-cold water over their head, making a video of it and posting it on social networks (e.g. Facebook, Twitter). After that, they challenge some friends in the video to do the same within 24 hours or donate a given amount of money to a charity (most people do both). Many people are wondering … Continue reading Marketing for charities