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No pints, no pulling: does the death of the pub spell the end of sex? | Life and style | The Guardian
The decline of the British boozer is coinciding with another downturn: young people are having less sex. But is the loss of the local really calling time on romance?
pubs  alcohol  sex  decline  consumer  trends  relationships  dating  UK  Guardian  2018 
november 2018 by inspiral
How WeChat faded into the silence in India | FactorDaily
“There’s a term called internationalisation of a product, which is loosely used in China to translate the product to English and make it ready for users in another country. But at its core, it is a product envisaged and designed by people in China for the China market,” says the former WeChat executive, citing it as the main reason for WeChat’s failure in India.
WeChat  decline  mobilemessaging  localisation  India  consumer  FactorDaily  2018 
october 2018 by inspiral
It Can Happen Here | by Cass R. Sunstein | The New York Review of Books
In their different ways, Mayer, Haffner, and Jarausch show how habituation, confusion, distraction, self-interest, fear, rationalization, and a sense of personal powerlessness make terrible things possible. They call attention to the importance of individual actions of conscience both small and large, by people who never make it into the history books. Nearly two centuries ago, James Madison warned: “Is there no virtue among us? If there be not, we are in a wretched situation. No theoretical checks—no form of government can render us secure.” Haffner offered something like a corollary, which is that the ultimate safeguard against aspiring authoritarians, and wolves of all kinds, lies in individual conscience: in “decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large.”
Nazi  history  totalitarianism  consumer  personalaccount  comparison  politics  DonaldTrump  Germany  USA  NYReviewofBooks  2018 
august 2018 by inspiral
Lux 🤖🤠 Alptraum on Twitter: "It is a generally accepted truth that the internet changed sex work, but I don't think people fully appreciate how extensive that change really was — not just in the form, function, and demographics of sex work, but al
It is a generally accepted truth that the internet changed sex work, but I don't think people fully appreciate how extensive that change really was — not just in the form, function, and demographics of sex work, but also the public perception and conversation around sex work.
sex  prostitution  pornography  trends  consumer  internet  author:LuxAlptraum  Twitter  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds | The New Yorker
The craze for the third-person shooter game has elements of Beatlemania, the opioid crisis, and eating Tide Pods.
Fortnite  gaming  trends  consumer  NewYorker  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
Atheists Are Sometimes More Religious Than Christians - The Atlantic
A new study shows how poorly we understand the beliefs of people who identify as atheist, agnostic, or nothing in particular.
religion  atheism  research  consumer  comparison  USA  Europe  TheAtlantic  2018 
june 2018 by inspiral
The History Behind China’s Obsession With Hot Water
China’s love affair with hot water is well-known. These days, tourist destinations around the world are flooded with Chinese travelers bearing backpacks loaded with sloshing vacuum-sealed flasks. Age is no barrier when it comes to the country’s unquenchable thirst for throat-scalding liquid: Young and old alike are united in their appetite for refreshment served at lip-blisteringly warm temperatures, perhaps with a twist of goji berries, ginseng, or chrysanthemum flowers.
culture  water  consumer  China  SixthTone  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
55 Ways Donald Trump Structurally Changed America in 2017
These are the concrete actions his administration has taken to alter how the country works.
DonaldTrump  politics  review  immigration  migration  justice  environment  education  finance  consumer  foreignpolicy  critique  NYMag  2017 
december 2017 by inspiral
Millennials don’t really care about classic movies | New York Post
It appears that the “Golden Age of Cinema” has lost its sheen to the young over the years, as millennials are turning their back on classic movies.

A new study finds that less than a quarter of millennials have watched a film from start to finish that was made back in the 1940s or 50s and only a third have seen one from the 1960s.
film  movies  classic  consumer  millennials  USA  NYPost  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
The Communications Market 2017 - Ofcom
The Communications Market Report exists to provide a reference for industry, stakeholders and consumers across the sectors Ofcom regulates: fixed-line and mobile telecoms, TV, radio and video-on-demand services, post, and the airwaves used by wireless devices.

It supports Ofcom’s goal to research markets constantly and remain at the forefront of technological understanding, as well as fulfilling the requirements on Ofcom under Section 358 of the Communications Act 2003 to publish an annual factual and statistical report, and in Sections 14 and 15, to undertake and make public our consumer research.

More in-depth analysis of the UK communications market is available in the full report, and in-depth analysis of communications in the nations is available in the reports for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
consumer  internet  mobile  mobileinternet  mobilephotography  smartphones  telecoms  broadband  socialmedia  television  televisionadvertising  binge  streamingmedia  radio  podcast  post  penetration  UK  Scotland  Wales  NorthernIreland  Ofcom  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
America's drinking problem is much worse this century
Americans are drinking more than they used to, a troubling trend with potentially dire implications for the country’s future health-care costs.

The number of adults who binge drink at least once a week could be as high as 30 million, greater than the population of every state save California, according to a published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry. A similar number reported alcohol abuse or dependency.
alcohol  drinks  growth  trends  consumer  USA  DenverPost  2017 
august 2017 by inspiral
The new class markers of the American elite: In "The Theory of the Leisure Class," Elizabeth Currid-Halkett updates our ideas of conspicuous consumption — Quartz
Being wealthy has become so passé that rich people are increasingly choosing not to display that wealth—that’s the theory behind a new book exploring the changing consumption habits of rich people in the West.
consumer  consumption  wealthy  experiential  consumerism  trends  USA  Quartz  2017 
june 2017 by inspiral
Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us - The New York Times
This is the most glaring and underappreciated fact of internet-age capitalism: We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy. I speak, of course, of my old friends the Frightful Five: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Alphabet, the parent company of Google.
Amazon  Alphabet  Google  Microsoft  Facebook  review  dominance  monopoly  consumer  NYTimes  2017 
may 2017 by inspiral
India’s ‘Phone Romeos’ Look for Ms. Right via Wrong Numbers - The New York Times
LUCKNOW, India — In a glass-sided call center, police constables clicketyclack on computer keyboards, on the trail of a particularly Indian sort of criminal.

The “phone Romeo,” as he is known here, calls numbers at random until he hears a woman’s voice, in the hope of striking up a romantic attachment. Among them are overeager suitors (“Can I recharge your mobile?”), tremulous supplicants (“I am talking to you, madam, but my body is shaking”) and the occasional heavy breather (“I want to do the illegal things with you”).

Intentionally dialing wrong numbers is a labor-intensive way to find a girlfriend. But it is increasingly common in a range of countries — Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and India are examples — where traditional gender segregation has collided head-on with a wave of cheap new technology.
mobile  harassment  India  consumer  review  NYTimes  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
Once We Listened to the Beatles. Now We Eat Beetles. - Bloomberg View
Music made us get up and dance, or occasionally throw a rock. Food, especially if combined with wine, encourages a state of satiety and repose. Most conversation about food is studiously nonpolitical and removed from controversial social issues. There is a layer of left-wing critique of food corporations, genetic modification and food-associated pollution, but its impact on broader American culture has been marginal. These days, it could be said that food is the opiate of the educated classes. Anecdotally, I observe that the contemporary preoccupation with a particular kind of food fanciness and diversity has penetrated black communities less, and those are also the groups where music might in some cases remain politically important.
food  music  identity  consumer  trends  review  Bloomberg  author:TylerCowen  2017 
april 2017 by inspiral
eMarketer: Snapchat growth driven by older users, as usage among young adults declines | TechCrunch
Snapchat has a reputation for being an app that’s confusing to the “olds” – something the company tried to address with a redesign just ahead of filing for its IPO. In addition, the app has expanded beyond its original use case, which focused on communication, and now includes short, easily digestible content from a number of sources, including media and entertainment properties. It seems these shifts may be paying off. According to a new report out today from eMarketer, much of Snapchat’s growth is now being driven by older Americans.

The analyst firm says that this year, 6.4 percent of Snapchat’s users will be between the ages of 45 and 54, which is up from the 4.2 percent previously projected. Of course, that’s still a small sliver of the pie for an app whose primary demographic is teens and young adults. But eMarketer says that all projections for those older than 45 have been adjusted upward, while projections for users 24 and younger have decreased slightly.
Snapchat  consumer  research  forecast  demographics  penetration  USA  eMarketer  Techcrunch  2017 
march 2017 by inspiral
Driven to distraction: Smartphones are strongly addictive | The Economist
Sherry Turkle of MIT, who has been studying the effects of technology on users’ psyches for decades, believes that smartphones have made it harder for people to form connections with each other, or even to be at ease on their own. Some participants in one study, which required them to sit alone without a smartphone for 15 minutes, chose to give themselves a painful electric shock to escape the boredom
smartphones  consumer  psychology  research  behaviour  Economist  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
How Rich People See the World Differently -- Science of Us
In something of a dark irony, the respondents of higher socioeconomic status rated themselves as more empathic — a “better-than-average effect” that Varnum followed up on in a separate study — when in reality the opposite was true. The results “show that people who are higher in socioeconomic status have diminished neural responses to others’ pain,” the authors write. “These findings suggest that empathy, at least some early component of it, is reduced among those who are higher in status.” And unlike self-reports, brain imaging sidesteps “social desirability bias,” where people want to give replies that make them look good or more empathic. “If you’re looking at pictures of people in pain or not in pain, it’s pretty unlikely that you know how to enhance those brain responses,” Varnum tells Science of Us. Moreover, in a 2016 study, Varnum and colleagues found evidence suggesting that people from lower social classes have a more sensitive mirror neuron system — which is thought to simulate the things you see others experience — when watching a video of hand movements. “Our cognitive systems, the degree to which they’re attuned to other people in the environment, is affected by our own social class,” he says.
wealth  income  socialclass  psychology  research  consumer  NYMag  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Tim Harford — Article — How being wrong can help us get it right
Green, Gino and Staats looked at data from an internal peer feedback process in a medium-sized company over several years. They were able to show that when disconfirmatory feedback arrived, workers would then avoid contact with the people who had given them the unwelcome comments. This is the exact opposite of my professor friend’s behaviour — but, I think, a much more typical response. We don’t like it when people tell us that we’re failing.
failure  criticism  consumer  research  review  TimHarford  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid. - Bloomberg View
Whatever those beliefs were based on, they have largely failed the test of time. Instead of creating stronger relationships, Facebook has spawned anxieties and addictions that are the subject of academic studies from Portugal to Australia. Some studies have determined that using Facebook detracts from a user's life satisfaction.
Facebook  socialmedia  identity  confidence  consumer  review  critique  filterbubble  Bloomberg  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
The hardest punch to dodge... — Remains of the Day
Alan Krueger, a former chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, said the research presents “strong evidence that the increase in the number of less-educated young men who are not working is not entirely a result of weak demand for their services.” He added, “They find evidence that a portion ... of the decrease in work time of less-educated young men can be a result of the appeal of video games.”
employment  unemployment  gaming  relationship  research  consumer  men  USA  RemainsoftheDay  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Best Buy is closing nearly half its Oculus VR demo stations, reportedly due to slow performance - The Verge
Best Buy and Oculus are closing Oculus Rift demo stations at around 200 of the 500 stores that have them, Business Insider reports. The pop-up installations, which let interested shoppers try out high-end virtual reality for free, reportedly went days without anyone requesting a demo, according to employees. They also said that some locations would sell only “a few headsets per week” during the holidays, and that interest declined precipitously thereafter.
BestBuy  OculusRift  virtualreality  critique  retail  consumer  USA  TheVerge  2017 
february 2017 by inspiral
Generation X More Addicted to Social Media Than Millennials, Report Finds - The New York Times
But a Nielsen report released last week shows that Americans from 18 to 34 are less obsessed with social media than some of their older peers are.

Adults 35 to 49 were found to spend an average of 6 hours 58 minutes a week on social media networks, compared with 6 hours 19 minutes for the younger group. More predictably, adults 50 and over spent significantly less time on the networks: an average of 4 hours 9 minutes a week.
socialmedia  research  consumer  GenerationX  Millennials  comparison  penetration  Facebook  Instagram  Snapchat  LinkedIn  Nielsen  USA  NYTimes  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Can democracy survive the fourth industrial revolution? Should it? | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian
By contrast, the internet facilitates instantaneous worldwide communication and provides almost universal access to a vast compendium of human knowledge. As Morris says, it provides a technical solution to all the traditional difficulties of democracy, allowing ordinary people the means and information to express their preferences with an ease unimaginable to earlier generations.

But democracy isn’t simply a matter of choice. It’s also a matter of power – and, at the moment, voters have very little of that.
democracy  internet  politics  consumer  JohnPerryBarlow  PeterLewis  RaymondWilliams  Guardian  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
ODG unveils its first consumer AR/VR glasses, built on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chip | TechCrunch
On the heels of raising $58 million in December, the wearables company Osterhout Design Group — known for making smart glasses and other gear for organizations like the U.S. military — is today making its first foray into the consumer market. At the CES show in Las Vegas, ODG unveiled the R-8 and R-9, two models of augmented/virtual reality smart glasses aimed at a wider range of consumers and light business users — or “glasses for the masses,” as founder and CEO Ralph Osterhout describes it.
OsterhoutDesignGroup  augmentedreality  virtualreality  consumer  launch  Techcrunch  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
Where Weird Facebook is King: How a College Kid Does Social
I will start this post off with transparency, since it influences my view of the landscape. I am a 21-year-old male attending The University of Texas at Austin. I am heavily invested in social media and I try out all of the latest social apps whenever I can. I really love following and paying attention to the trends surrounding social media, often observing both my own and my network’s usage of it. I have previously interned at Facebook and Google, but the views in this post are my own and any commentary about product feature requests or these companies’ product roadmaps are purely speculative. No hot scoops here. :)
Similar to the previous post, I will break this down by network and what I’ve observed over the past two years.
socialmedia  consumer  youngadults  teenagers  Facebook  Instagram  Twitter  Snapchat  Tumblr  WhatsApp  GroupMe  Youtube  author:AndrewWatts  BackChannel  2017 
january 2017 by inspiral
The American Dream, Quantified at Last - The New York Times
The index is deeply alarming. It’s a portrait of an economy that disappoints a huge number of people who have heard that they live in a country where life gets better, only to experience something quite different.
economy  consumer  cohort  demographics  RajChetty  review  USA  NYTimes  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Here's Who Voted For Brexit – And Who Didn't - BuzzFeed News
Leave voters were older, poorer, less educated, and far more likely to think the country was getting worse than Remain voters, new research shows.
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  politics  consumer  research  review  NatCen  UK  Buzzfeed  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
That viral graph about millennials’ declining support for democracy? It’s very misleading. - The Washington Post
The article by Mounk and Foa does document some small shifts in opinion on related issues. But these aren’t nearly as dramatic as the New York Times graph suggests.

Vast majorities of younger people in the West still attach great importance to living in a democracy.
democracy  consumer  politics  support  review  YaschaMounk  NYTimes  WashingtonPost  2016 
december 2016 by inspiral
Fighting authoritarianism: 20 lessons from the 20th century
Yale history professor Timothy Snyder took to Facebook to share some lessons from 20th century about how to protect our liberal democracy from fascism and authoritarianism. Snyder has given his permission to republish the list, so I’ve reproduced it in its entirety here in case something happens to the original.

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are twenty lessons from the twentieth century, adapted to the circumstances of today.
authoritarianism  politics  consumer  public  guide  TimothySnyder  Kottke  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Support for EU rises since Brexit vote, survey shows
Across the EU as a whole, 62 per cent of those polled would vote to stay in the EU compared with 57 per cent in March, according to Bertelsmann’s polling which covered nearly 15,000 respondents. The poll was conducted in August 2016 a few weeks after the British referendum.

In Britain, support rose to 56 per cent after the Brexit vote, compared to 49 per cent before. Approval rates fell in Spain to 68 per cent, but rose in the other four big continental member states – Germany, France, Italy and Poland.
EuropeanUnion  Europe  support  UK  Germany  Italy  France  Poland  Brexit  consumer  research  Bertelsmann  FinancialTimes  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
App abandoment is on the rise as consumers stick to the apps they know | TechCrunch
It’s getting harder to get people to try new mobile applications, according to a new state of the industry report out now from Adobe, as consumers are sticking to what they know when it comes to the apps on their smartphones. App abandonment is also climbing, and app installs are only up 6 percent year-over-year, the report states. Meanwhile, launches of existing apps are much higher, with 24 percent year-over-year growth.
mobileapps  abandonment  download  concentration  consumer  research  mobilepayments  Adobe  Techcrunch  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Mobile Takes Majority Share of UK Time with Digital Media - eMarketer
In 2016, for the first time, adults in the UK will spend more time with their mobile devices than with desktop and laptop computers, eMarketer projects. This year, mobile time—which includes nonvoice time with tablets and mobile phones—will account for more than a quarter of daily media time for the average adult, at 2 hours and 29 minutes, representing an 11.8% rise over last year.
media  television  radio  internet  print  PCs  mobile  smartphones  consumer  penetration  growth  forecast  UK  eMarketer  2016 
november 2016 by inspiral
Brexit is not the will of the British people – it never has been | British Politics and Policy at LSE
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The referendum vote for Brexit was clear: the electorate was 46,501,241 people; 17,410,742 of those voted Leave; and 16,141,241 voted Remain. The public actually did not, does not, and will not want a Brexit in the foreseeable future. Adrian Low makes this argument by analysing the post-referendum polls and demographic trends.
Brexit  EuropeanUnion  referendum  politics  polls  critique  consumer  UK  author:AdrianLow  LSE  2016 
october 2016 by inspiral
YouGov | Instagram Stories off to a strong start
New data from YouGov reveals that users of Snapchat and Instagram still prefer Snapchat Stories to Instagram Stories, but Instagram Stories have been well received
Instagram  InstagramStories  consumer  research  comparison  SnapchatStories  youngadults  Yougov  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
Majority of Americans are still reading print books | Pew Research Center
A growing share of Americans are reading e-books on tablets and smartphones rather than dedicated e-readers, but print books remain much more popular than books in digital formats
books  reading  publishing  eReaders  tablets  smartphones  PCs  consumer  penetration  USA  PewInternet  PewResearch  2016 
september 2016 by inspiral
98% of connected rural users men; 79% from the city: report - MediaNama
More than half of new Internet users in India will be from rural communities, and rural users will constitute almost half (48%) of connected users in India by 2020, a report ”The Rising Connected Consumer in Rural India” (pdf) by The Boston Consulting Group suggests.

The report adds that number of Indian rural internet users will increase from about 120 million in 2015 to about 315 million 2020, registering close to a 30% y-o-y growth. The growth will be driven by cheaper handsets, explosion of wireless and wireline networks; but this will change how rural consumers interact with companies, as the report claims that the pattern of internet use in rural areas is different from that of its urban counterpart.
mobile  smartphones  consumer  growth  rural  segmentation  India  BostonConsultingGroup  Medianama  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Pokémon GO Captures 55 Million Mobile Users in July, Ranking 13th Among All Apps - comScore, Inc
The app was released in early July, and in its first full month of reporting, data from comScore Mobile Metrix® showed that it ranked as the 13th largest mobile app with 55 million unique visitors across smartphone and tablet. This represents more than 30% of the total mobile app population, even edging out a couple of social media heavyweights for the month.

For as long as comScore has been measuring digital audiences, there really isn’t even a remotely comparable instance of a website or app capturing such a large audience in such a short period of time. The closest any other app comes to this sort of jump is when Walmart incorporated its Savings Catcher feature during back-to-school season in 2014 and grew from 4 million app users in July to more than 24 million by November. That took four months to grow by an incremental 20 million users, which is very impressive, but Walmart also had the benefit of building off a massive existing customer base
Pokemon  PokemonGo  growth  statistics  penetration  consumer  mobileapps  USA  Comscore  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Ridesharing Impact Dramatically Overstated | Tech.pinions - Perspective, Insight, Analysis
More importantly, even among those who use ridesharing services, the reasons or situations in which they do use them strongly suggest occasional, supplemental usage to their regular driving. In fact, nearly 75% of ridesharing users view it as a supplemental service for situations such as after drinking, while travelling, or other circumstances where they don’t have access to a car. That leaves just 5% of the total population (or one quarter of all rideshare users) who actually use ride sharing more than just occasionally.
ridesharing  statistics  penetration  consumer  opportunity  review  research  USA  Techpinions  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
'Smartphone by default' internet users | Ofcom
This qualitative research report focuses on those who conduct the vast majority of their online activities through their smartphone - either through choice or due to external factors limiting their access to alternative devices. Ofcom data show that approximately one in six adults now rely on devices such as smartphones and tablets for online access, and the trend is rising: at 16% in 2015, this is almost three times as likely as in the previous year (6%)1.

The research provides a clear understanding of the needs, experiences and characteristics of people who predominantly access the internet through their smartphone, and what this means in relation to their media literacy.

The fieldwork involved 26 two-hour in-depth interviews in four UK cities: Glasgow, Leeds, London, Belfast and Cardiff. During these interviews, researchers explored the digital behaviour and skills of participants.

smartphones  mobile  consumer  research  mobileonly  digital  exclusion  review  UK  Ofcom  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Mobile phones, internet and gender in Myanmar
The objective of the national baseline survey was to understand the information and communication needs and habits of people in Myanmar. The objective of the qualitative study was to understand the gender gap in mobile ownership and the reasons for low mobile internet use, which became evident in the national baseline survey.
consumer  mobile  smartphones  research  gender  mobileinternet  telecoms  penetration  statistics  Myanmar  LIRNEasia  GSMA  2015 
august 2016 by inspiral
A massive new study debunks a widespread theory for Donald Trump’s success - The Washington Post
Economic distress and anxiety across working-class white America have become a widely discussed explanation for the success of Donald Trump. It seems to make sense. Trump's most fervent supporters tend to be white men without college degrees. This same group has suffered economically in our increasingly globalized world, as machines have replaced workers in factories and labor has shifted overseas. Trump has promised to curtail trade and other perceived threats to American workers, including immigrants.

Yet a major new analysis from Gallup, based on 87,000 interviews the polling company conducted over the past year, suggests this narrative is not complete. While there does seem to be a relationship between economic anxiety and Trump's appeal, the straightforward connection that many observers have assumed does not appear in the data.

According to this new analysis, those who view Trump favorably have not been disproportionately affected by foreign trade or immigration, compared with people with unfavorable views of the Republican presidential nominee. The results suggest that his supporters, on average, do not have lower incomes than other Americans, nor are they more likely to be unemployed.
DonaldTrump  politics  research  consumer  profile  WashingtonPost  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
CMA paves the way for Open Banking revolution - Press releases - GOV.UK
A package of measures being imposed by the CMA will ensure banks work harder for customers and the benefits of new technology are fully exploited.
opendata  banking  regulations  reform  consumer  SME  CompetitionandMarketsAuthority  2016 
august 2016 by inspiral
Open API: exploring the views of consumers and small businesses
Barclays commissioned Ipsos MORI to explore consumer and small business perspectives on possible use cases and on the permission based data sharing that would underpin the framework (open APIs). The research also sought to examine
consumer expectations about the role of banks, third party service providers and regulators, and to consider the implications for consumer communication and engagement.
banking  opendata  API  research  consumer  SME  review  Barclays  IpsosMori  2015 
august 2016 by inspiral
What kind of driverless cars do people want? - Marginal REVOLUTION
…the surveys also revealed a lack of enthusiasm for buying or using a driverless car programmed to avoid pedestrians at the expense of its own passengers. One question asked respondents to rate the morality of an autonomous vehicle programmed to crash and kill its own passenger to save 10 pedestrians; the rating dropped by a third when respondents considered the possibility of riding in such a car.

Similarly, people were strongly opposed to the idea of the government regulating driverless cars to ensure they would be programmed with utilitarian principles. In the survey, respondents said they were only one-third as likely to purchase a vehicle regulated this way, as opposed to an unregulated vehicle, which could presumably be programmed in any fashion.
selfdrivingvehicles  automotive  safety  pedestrians  consumer  research  MIT  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Casual Sex: Everyone Is Doing It - The New Yorker
That may well end up the Casual Sex Project’s real contribution: not to tell us something we didn’t already know, or at least suspect, but to make such nonjudgmental, intimate conversations possible. The dirty little secret of casual sex today is not that we’re having it but that we’re not sharing our experiences of it in the best way.
sex  CasualSexProject  research  consumer  ZhanaVrangalova  profile  NewYorker  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
How European Countries View Brexit | Pew Research Center
European publics are sharply divided along partisan lines on many of these issues. Supporters of Euroskeptic parties – especially in France, Italy, Poland, Spain and the UK – are much less likely than adherents to other major parties to have a favorable view of the European Union.

These are among the key findings from a new survey by Pew Research Center, conducted in 10 EU nations among 10,491 respondents from April 4 to May 12, 2016. The survey includes countries that account for 80% of the EU-28 population and 82% of the EU’s GDP.
EuropeanUnion  Europe  consumer  research  Poland  Italy  Germany  Spain  UK  France  Greece  demographics  politics  review  PewResearch  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The state of privacy in America | Pew Research Center
After the June 2013 leaks by government contractor Edward Snowden about National Security Agency surveillance of Americans’ online and phone communications, Pew Research Center began an in-depth exploration of people’s views and behaviors related to privacy. Our recent report about how Americans think about privacy and sharing personal information was a capstone of this two-and-a-half-year effort that examined how people viewed not only government surveillance but also commercial transactions involving the capture of personal information.

Here are some of the key findings that emerged from this work:
privacy  surveillance  research  consumer  USA  PewInternet  PewResearch  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
The Middle Class is Shrinking Because Many People are Getting Richer - Marginal REVOLUTION
Newspaper headlines trumpeted that the middle class is shrinking but to a large extent that is because people are moving into the upper middle class not because they are getting poorer. By one measure, the middle class has shrunk from 38% of the US population in 1980 to 32% today but at the same time the upper middle class has grown from 12% to 30% of the population today.

Josh Zumbrun at the WSJ has an excellent piece on new research from the (liberal-leaning) Urban Institute and elsewhere:
middleclass  growth  research  consumer  income  trends  UrbanInstitute  USA  MarginalRevolution  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
In the Depths of the Digital Age by Edward Mendelson | The New York Review of Books
Every technological revolution coincides with changes in what it means to be a human being, in the kinds of psychological borders that divide the inner life from the world outside. Those changes in sensibility and consciousness never correspond exactly with changes in technology, and many aspects of today’s digital world were already taking shape before the age of the personal computer and the smartphone. But the digital revolution suddenly increased the rate and scale of change in almost everyone’s lives.
internet  consumer  impact  psychology  smartphones  critique  JudyWajcman  BernardEHarcourt  VirginiaHeffernan  WendyHuiKyongChun  RichardCoyne  PhilipNHoward  communication  filterbubble  sexuality  NYReviewofBooks  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
New Study Examines Facebook Sharing Habits by Generation [Infographic] | Social Media Today
They’ve compiled their results into a new infographic, but some of the key data points highlighted by their research are:

The average Facebook user logs in multiple times per day, with 91% sharing content at least once a week
Women are 5% more likely to share content once a day compared to men, and typically prefer a viral cat video over the latest election news
Millennial men are the least likely to share content, but the most likely to share memes
Facebook  sharing  content  consumer  research  guide  Fractl  SocialMediaToday  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream
Proponents say a basic income is a way to liberate those who have struggled to find acceptable work: currently 7.4 million people are unemployed in the United States, another six million want full-time work but can only find part-time jobs, millions more have given up looking, and perhaps tens of millions have settled for jobs with low wages, skimpy benefits, or poor working conditions. But it can also be argued that the idea is a way of buying these people off, making it easier to avoid developing the education and training programs that would actually help alleviate income inequality and reverse wage stagnation. Could it just be a way to give up on providing the wide access to decent jobs that has long been considered an essential element of a healthy society? Or, to put it more bluntly: at a time when the tech economy is generating huge amounts of wealth, is Silicon Valley just attempting to appease those left behind?
guaranteedbasicincome  employment  income  incomeinequality  review  impact  incentives  YCombinator  research  consumer  TechnologyReview  2016 
june 2016 by inspiral
2016 Mobile Adblocking Report | PageFair
At least 419 million people (22% of the world’s 1.9bn smartphone users) are blocking ads on the mobile web.
Both mobile web and in-app ads can now be blocked.
As of March 2016 an estimated 408 million people are actively using mobile adblocking browsers (i.e., a mobile browser that blocks ads by default).
As of March 2016 there are 159 million users of mobile adblocking browsers in China, 122 million in India, and 38 million in Indonesia.
As of March 2016 in Europe and North America there were 14 million monthly active users of mobile adblocking browsers.
A further 4.9 million content blocking and in-app adblocking apps were downloaded from the app stores in Europe and North America since September 2014.
Adblocking is now the most hotly discussed topic in the digital media industry. Many publishers and advertisers have hoped that mobile platforms and walled gardens would offer a refuge from adblocking. As this report shows, this is not the case. However, there are grounds for optimism.

Since the widely-cited PageFair-Adobe report in August 2015 we have drawn together global stakeholders (consumer groups, advertisers, agencies, and publishers) for a series of high-level roundtables on both sides of the Atlantic to discuss how to sustainably advertise on the new ‘Blocked Web’ portion of the Web in a way that solves the consumer issues that caused adblocking. Read about the outcome here.
adblocker  mobile  research  consumer  statistics  penetration  mobileadvertising  PageFair  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Keith Chen Is Uber's Head Of Economics And Decides When Uber Surges Price : NPR
Riders aren't always rational in their hatred for surge. For example, you're more likely to take an Uber when it's surging 2.1 times than 2.0. Why? Well, it might be helpful to look at another company: eBay. Economists found sellers who priced their goods with round numbers (i.e. $50 instead of $49) sold their items quicker. The researchers hypothesize that round numbers signal the sellers' impatience to sell and, thus, their willingness to accept a lower price. In other words, round numbers signal carelessness or imprecision.

From an Uber rider's perspective, Keith says, a round number surge like two times looks like the company is just slapping on a higher price tag because it's raining. But when it's 2.1 times as much, we think there must be a complex algorithm (which there is) coming up with that figure. The ride, then, is surely worth 2.1 times as much.
Uber  ridesharing  prices  pricing  consumer  research  impact  NPR  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
The New Digital Economy: Shared, Collaborative and On Demand | Pew Research Center
The sharing economy and on-demand services are weaving their way into the lives of (some) Americans, raising difficult issues around jobs, regulation and the potential emergence of a new digital divide
sharingeconomy  ridesharing  statistics  penetration  review  research  consumer  Airbnb  Uber  Etsy  USA  PewInternet  PewResearch  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Facebook Seeks Answers On Sharing Decline With New Survey - BuzzFeed News
For the past few months, Facebook has been charting what appears to be a serious decline in original sharing on its platform; Now the company is turning to its users to find out why they’re no longer sharing as much as they once did.
Facebook has recently begun surveying its users about their motivations for sharing things about their personal lives, and where else they might be sharing such information if not to Facebook. Multiple reports last month declared that the volume of “original sharing” — i.e. content people post on their own instead of simply regurgitating others’ via the ‘share’ button — is falling on Facebook.
Facebook  marketresearch  consumer  sharing  Buzzfeed  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Here is proof of India’s desperation for taxis: 2.5 billion phone calls in three months — Quartz
India’s lack of efficient public transport systems is pushing the demand for taxis like never before.
About 2.5 billion phone calls were made between Indians and taxi operators between January 1, 2016, and April 17, 2016, according to data from Truecaller, the caller ID app.
ridesharing  taxi  India  opportunity  statistics  consumer  Truecaller  Quartz  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
Podcasts Surge, but Producers Fear Apple Isn’t Listening - The New York Times
Interviews with over two dozen podcasters and people inside Apple reveal a variety of complaints. The podcasters say that they are relegated to wooing a single Apple employee for the best promotion. That sharing on social media is cumbersome. And that for podcasters to make money, they need more information about their listeners, and Apple is in a unique position to provide it. The problems, they say, could even open up an opportunity for a competitor.
podcast  Apple  gatekeeper  distribution  socialmedia  data  consumer  Spotify  Audible  Google  review  NYTimes  2016 
may 2016 by inspiral
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