Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Everybody Lies

Foreword by Steven PinkerBlending the informed analysis of The Signal and the Noise with the instructive iconoclasm of Think Like a Freak, a fascinating, illuminating, and witty look at what the vast amounts of information now instantly available to us reveals about ourselves and our world—provided we ask the right questions.By the end of an average day in the early twenty-first century, human beings searching the internet will amass eight tril...

Details Everybody Lies

TitleEverybody Lies
Release DateFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherDey Street Books
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Economics, Business, Technology, Sociology

Reviews Everybody Lies

  • Will Byrnes
    …people’s search for information is, in itself, information. When and where they search for facts, quotes, jokes, places, persons, things, or help, it turns out, can tell us a lot more about what they really think, really desire, really fear, and really do than anyone might have guessed. This is especially true since people sometimes don’t so much query Google as confide in it: “I hate my boss.” “I am drunk.” “My dad hit me.” Th...
  • Jessica
    This book tries too hard to be Freakonomics. The first two parts are full of random examples of interesting but mostly pointless things that can learned via Google search trends. However, a whole lot of assumptions are made off these bits of data that don't seem to have much basis in factual scientific methods of research. Unprofessional jokes are thrown in randomly. If you need a footnote to explain why a joke was not homophobic maybe you should...
  • Lori
    When sociologist ask people if they waste food, people give the only correct answer. It's wrong to waste food. When sociologist survey the contents of the same people's garbage, they get a more accurate answer.Just imagine how much more information is available trolling through internet searches.
  • David
    This is an engaging book about how big data can be used to improve our understanding of human behavior, thinking, emotions, and preference. The basic idea is that if you ask people about their behavior or their preferences in surveys, even anonymous surveys, they will often lie. People do not like to admit to low-brow preferences; racists do not want to admit to their prejudices, most people who watch pornography do not want to admit to it, and e...
  • Trish
    Maybe everyone does lie. But they don’t lie all the time. Stephens-Davidowitz makes the good point that asking people directly doesn’t always, in fact may not often, yield true answers. People have their own reasons for answering pollsters untruthfully, but it is clear that this is a documented fact. People sometimes lie to pollsters.Stephens-Davidowitz was told by mentors and advisors not to consider Google searches worthwhile data, but the ...
  • Richard Derus
    I have nothing unique to add to the conversation about this book. I think those most in need of reading it won't, and that's frustrating.If you've ever seen a number adduced to explain a trend, read this book. If you've ever asserted that a certain percentage of something was something/something else, read this book. If you've ever seen a politician quote a study and your innate bullshit filter clogged up, read this book.Really simple, high-level...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Acertei em cheio nessa leitura! Seth Stephens-Davidowitz apresenta uma análise de como as pessoas se comportam, na mesma linha do The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't e do Dataclisma: Quem somos quando achamos que ninguém está vendo. Mas enquanto Signal and the Noise fala de tendências de dados e Dataclisma fala do comportamento das pessoas dentro do OkCupid!, Everybody Lies fala de como as pessoas se compor...
  • Jim
    I am now convinced that Google searches are the most important data set ever collected on the human psyche. writes the author early on & he shows why. (Google trends is available to all here: https://trends.google.com/trends/) He also checked other big data sets including Wikipedia, Facebook, Pornhub, & even Stormfront, the largest racist site. What he found was really interesting & it will help harden the soft, social sciences. It's a new fronti...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    I was annoyed by the author’s writing style in ‘Everybody Lies’. I have no doubts author Seth Stephens-Davidowitz was trying to write to a large general audience, including that assumed class of American non-science reader who hates math and binge watches ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’. Good for him, and maybe you, right? But I became more and more annoyed as I read. Ah, well. It is an interesting and informative read, in spite of tr...
  • Caroline
    I wish I could give this book more than five stars. Anyone who has a sneaking feeling that Americans aren't who they SAY they are will find confirmation here. It's also easy to read, no academic language here.I was already riveted by the introduction. His premise is that we all lie to each other, pollsters, and ourselves, but not to that white box where you type internet searches. Both before and after the election everyone went nuts trying to fi...
  • linhtalinhtinh
    A pretty short book with some interesting remarks, but not yet charming enough for me. The author definitely has his quirky and funny moments, when he presents himself, his family, and especially his views more. Yet the books' ideas and findings aren't exactly ground breaking. The types of questions like this have been posed in Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. The usefullness of big data has been discussed b...
  • Matt Ward
    This book could have used a good editor. It tries to be a Gladwell-type of book without fully succeeding. Issue 1 is that the anecdotal stories are not fleshed out enough to really draw you in like Gladwell does. This causes much of the book to come across as a list of facts, and it gets pretty old by the midway point.The other issue is a growing trend among people writing data books. They want to write in a colloquial style to make it seem infor...
  • Lubinka Dimitrova
    I sought out the book after reading an interview with the author, and it was totally worth it. The book is quite enlightening, and to be honest, deeply frightening. Internet data can work miracles for the benefit of humanity, but it can bring to life many unimaginable, Big-Brother-type nightmares (current US presidents not excluded, just sayin...). Still, it's good to know.
  • Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
    3.5 starsThis is an engaging and informative book about the huge amount of data available online and what it tells us about society. I read it alongside Dataclysm and found Everybody Lies to be by far the better of the two, presenting a wealth of information in a cohesive fashion and making fewer unfounded assumptions. The author was a data scientist at Google, and draws in large part on the searches people make on the site, along with informatio...
  • Wen
    The title steered me a bit off-course at first—I thought it was one of those self-help psychology books that I tend to avoid. I eventually decided to give it a shot, mostly because Steven Pinker, and author I highly respect, wrote the forward. So glad I did.To the author Mr. Davidowitz , I did finish the book, so did I with regard to the first two books you mentioned below --moot point for the third book as it’s not even on my to-read list ;-...
  • Cheryl
    Believe the hype. This is not a perfect book, but it's fun, enlightening, ground-breaking, and important. Too many people don't know the potential power of the new methodologies of data analytics, and too few ppl who think they do know that power don't know the limitations. SethSD does, and he shares a lot of what he knows with us. This is good science for arm-chair science consumers like me, and a good read for those who just like to dabble in n...
  • Greg
    UPDATE: In summary, the author bounces back and forth between real data/numbers and pure speculation. It's fascinating, really, as that's got to be the entire point: to show us how to tell what's real and what's fiction as we are bombarded by information.. ORIGINAL REVIEW:Yes, "Everybody Lies" including, obviously, the author because if Seth Stephens-Davidowitz never lies, I'm sure the subtitle would have been "Except Me Within This Book". So, fr...
  • Annie
    This is a pretty fun use of "big data"- the mindbogglingly massive data set produced every day from the Internet- to analyze human behavior in ways we never have been able to. Some favourite revelations below. --------Voting--------Nearly everyone predicted Clinton would win the 2016 election. But Stephens-Davidowitz wouldn’t have, looking at Google data. Googling “Clinton” or “Trump” doesn’t really say much (you might google them whe...
  • Elena
    The author is a bit too bragging, exaggerating, and name dropping for my taste. Still, i do not regret spending the time with the book (but would regret paying money if it would not be a library borrow).Memorabilia. Predicting rate of unemployment with the frequency of porn site searches (amount of time on their hands). Predicting success of dating (listen, then listen some more, then, when you think you are done listening, listen some more). Dop...
  • Amos
    No practicing analyst or social scientist will find anything of value in this book. It verges on being dangerously deceptive, filled with logical fallacies and half baked reasoning for it's conclusions. The book claims to be finding truth in an uncertain world, but actually is just adding to the noise.
  • Anton
    Delightful, very engaging read on modern takes on data analysis. Fans of Levitt and Pinker I am sure will enjoy.Hardly any 'cons' to flag up... but it is a bit on a short side and overwhelmingly US focused. Still very clever and thought-provoking Overall: definitely worth your time
  • Ahmed Hussein Shaheen
    A great book, I enjoyed every word of it. It is amazing how much we can learn about sex, penis size, homosexuality, racism, and many other interesting topics by just looking at the searches made by the people. I can’t wait to read his next book, tentatively titled Everybody (Still) Lies."More than 40 percent of complaints about a partner’s penis size say that it’s too big."
  • Charlene
    There are so many things to love about this book. Not the least of which is that it focused largely on how big data would act like a truth serum and replace terrible self report findings when trying to answers myriad questions that arise in all areas of life. I say bravo to that! However, just because you identify a problem with one measurement method (self-report), it does not necessarily mean you have found the fix. Does big data sound extremel...
  • Ram
    For a social scientist such as Stephens-Davidowitz, big data has four central virtues. First, it’s a “digital truth serum”: it supplies honest data on matters people lie about in surveys, for instance racist attitudes, but above all (to quote Mick Jagger) “sex and sex and sex and sex”. Second, it offers the means to run large-scale randomised controlled experiments – which are usually extremely laborious and expensive – at almost no...
  • Steve Sarner
    It’s no lie! Big Data shows the majority of my Goodreads reviews begin with bad Dad Jokes. LOL.This book is The National Enquirer meets Big Data Science. It features all the stuff that stops people in their tracks in the grocery check out line and grabs their attention: Sex, crime, weird sex, abuse, freaks, drugs and even weirder sex. It’s sometimes on the edge of gratuitous but still an interesting, easy and well-written read.The best part o...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/“In 2014, there were about 6,000 searches for the exact phrase “how to kill your girlfriend” and 400 murders of girlfriends.” As a chapter tells us, ALL THE WORLD’S A LAB. The data collected and shared by Seth Stephens- Davidowitz is downright disturbing at times. That there are dark sexual proclivities isn’t shocking so much as what they are, based on research. Also, who knew that yo...
  • Dan
    I recommend this highly with a couple of caveats.The central insight of this book is that you can get a better idea of what people actually think, despite what they say to others (or even to themselves) by looking at Google and Pornhub searches (among other anonymized big data sets). Things that people won’t admit to other people (thoughts of suicide, to whom they are attracted, homicidal thoughts, racist thoughts, dissatisfaction with a marria...
  • Tadas Talaikis
    Interesting data, but sometimes with uncleared assumptions. For example, there is no way to know why exactly some search term is used. Some (?, I don't know how many) data scientists believe their algos based on big data can reveal something about real world. Most often it is not, but this illusion is one the reasons why they have their jobs. I see all this A.I./ML/DL nonsense every day. Movie suggestions, Facebook feed, Google suggestions, all a...
  • Hakan Jackson
    I never really thought of big data that much as a social science tool. After reading this book I'm starting to think big data can do for sociology what MRI has been able to do for psychology. I'm excited to see what the future holds. I definitely can pick up the influence of Freakanomics, Malcolm Gladwell, and Stephen Pinker in this book. If you like any of those three, definitely pick up this book.
  • Jade
    Critical analysis of Big Data takes a fine mind that knows how to look at correlations. The author is educated and practiced at it. Not only that but he is adept at choosing to present compelling findings on subjects that I'm sure he knows readers are interested in, because he has that skillset! Do you want to know how to figure out which racehorses are champions? What is the best family configuration for the top NBA stars? What do people who wat...