How do you make something old and familiar feel fresh and new? Science suggests the trick is to interact with it in new ways. Something as simple as eating popcorn–but doing so with chopsticks–can result in people rating the popcorn as tastier and more enjoyable than eating the same popcorn with their hands. Read the article and think of ways you may make things you already own feel new again.
Have you ever wondered just what, exactly, money is? We earn it. We spend it. But why do we all agree that one little piece of green paper is only worth a bag of chips and a different piece of green paper is worth a full, fancy dinner? This article takes a look at currency, what it is, how it got started, and what forms it might take in the future.
If you can recognize when you’re being persuaded, it’s a lot easier to make sure your opinions are actually your own.
Learn about drastic changes happening in tech companies and how it will impact hiring and day-to-day work.
The tragic consequences of the collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh makes us question the ethics of low-cost goods. Should we be more mindful of our buying choices? Experts in ethical shopping share five ways to be more socially conscious when shopping.
Is history repeating itself? Read about the uncanny similarities and drastic differences between the Roaring Twenties and now.
Learn 10 surprising facts about Black Friday, the biggest shopping day in the year.
A store without cashiers or lines sounds like the stuff of dystopian nightmares or futuristic dreams, but in fact, it is a reality in four states around the country.
In an act of anti-war protest, Nestle removes candy products from Russian shelves.
Find out how Black women are the fastest growing group of business owners amidst a global pandemic.
Learn about factors that have shaped modern American consumerism from professor of American History, Lizabeth Cohen.
The luxury shopping experience is moving from intimate boutique to widely available livestreams.
A self-driving car could well be a product of the not-so-distant future. How do you feel about a driverless car? What are the advantages? What do you think might concern people about such a vehicle?
Combatting the coronavirus has increased production of surgical masks, creating a potential environmental hazard. Read about the risks and ways to protect the planet.
Online shopping can be a convenience. Yet the ease of buying online might also contribute to hoarding disorder and overspending. Review the research in this article to find out more.
In this interview, a sociologist explains how competition among consumers—not necessarily the providers of goods and services—is what drives spending.
From soap to kitty litter, here’s a list of everyday items made from recycled materials that might astonish you.
Measures to safeguard public health during the coronavirus pandemic might jeopardize hard-won environmental protections against waste from single-use plastics. Read this article to find out more.
Studies show that the thoughts of buying something new can provide as much pleasure as having that new purchase in the hand! And, for the materialistic, the happiness gained from a new purchase is short-lived.
E-waste, used and frequently discarded computers, tablets, smartphones and other electronics, is the fastest-growing municipal waste stream in the United States. Read this opinion piece about the causes and possible solutions to this mounting environmental threat.