Everybody lies…that reminds me of House M.D. I find human behaviour intriguing and I’m always interested in books where you can learn a little bit more about it. The reason I bought this book was the tagline on the UK edition – “What the internet can tell us about who we really are.” Fascinating enough, isn’t it?
Everybody lies, to friends, lovers, doctors, pollsters – and to themselves. In Internet searches, however, people confess the truth.
Insightful, funny and always surprising, Everybody Lies explores how this huge collection of data, unprecedented in human history, could just be the most important ever collected. It offers astonishing insights into the human psyche, revealing the biases deeply embedded within us, the questions we’re afraid to ask that might be essential to our well-being, and the information we can use to change our culture for the better.
How often do people lie? Constantly. “About one-third of the time, people lie in real life” it’s a quote from the book that impressed me a lot, seems like we aren’t lying only on 1st of April.
People might lie to their families, friends, even they are not honest with their doctors but they always say the truth on Google. There are many examples given in the book how we act in real life vs what’s actually on our mind and what we are searching on google. One of them is for a woman who pretends to be happy when she is out with friends and in the same time she is typing on her phone what to do when we feel depressed. We use to share all kind of information online, something we don’t do even with the people who are supposed to be closest to us like spouses, parents and best friends.
No wonder then that Google knows it all. It might be the most powerful source of information about us. When you share precious information you should always be careful and now I think that we can’t even imagine how much Google knows about us .
This book might brighten up your knowledge about the potential control we give to the search engine and not only to it, but to the social media too . As it says in the book “Sometimes , the power of Big Data is so impressive it’s scary.”