Critical Praise


Data has the option to be both discrete and continuous.  In its most simple form, data is facts an statistics that are gathered for reference and analysis. In Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, you will learn about who people really are. This amount of data enables us to view people in subsets. Such as true data on issues people lie about.

For example, pornography habits. Like vaginal sex will be taken over by anal sex before the end of the decade. For some men only, big nipples and for some women only short guys will do. Maybe we are not as weird as our online actions claim, for myself, pornography is a blow in human history that damages the best kind of sexual relations between people. But with all the information that has been collected there is still more to be harvested.

The amount of insight offered from Stephen-Davidowitz is knowledge well gained. From the book, “By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight trillion gigabytes of data. This staggering amount of information—unprecedented in history—can tell us a great deal about who we are…”. If people are searching the web that much can you imagine the amount of information that is there? When you search something on the internet for example, most times the full word or title doesn’t have to be entered and it already has searches popping up for you. That right there tells us one very important thing, that we are not the only ones searching for that criteria.

There are other people like us and we are not alone. The conclusion about this may be strange but it’s true. Services such asGoogle Trends andAdwords were used to find all the data that was gathered for the book Everybody Lies. As a researcher Seth doesn’t have the control over the collection or processes. So, this data was found and observed not experimented with. He is an advocate for the debate that just as natural science was transformed by the telescope and microscope, the web will change social science. As the improvement on technology progresses he writes, “be able to learn a lot more in less time”. Take a moment to dive into this book to learn more about data and how to interpret it.


Written By Claudia Garcia