Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet -- particularly Google searches -- to get new insights into the human psyche.
Seth has used Google searches to measure racism, self-induced abortion, depression, child abuse, hateful mobs, the science of humor, sexual preference, anxiety, son preference, and sexual insecurity, among many other topics.
In 2017, his book, Everybody Lies, was published by HarperCollins. The book describes his research and argues for social scientists to make greater use of internet data.
Everybody Lies was a New York Times bestseller and received widespread media attention.
The Economist called the book "a whirlwind tour of the human psyche." The Financial Times said it was "bold" and "absorbing." Fortune said it "help(s) usher in a new age of human understanding." Bloomberg View said it "argues persuasively for a mutiny in social science."
Seth appeared on Freakonomics Radio, NPR's Hidden Brain, CBS This Morning, CNBC's Squawk Box, and numerous other shows.
Seth worked for one-and-a-half years as a data scientist at Google and is currently a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times. He is a former visiting lecturer at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He received his BA in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Stanford, and his PhD in economics from Harvard.
In high school, Seth wrote obituaries for the local newspaper, the Bergen Record, and was a juggler in theatrical shows. He now lives in Brooklyn and is a passionate fan of the Mets, Knicks, Jets, Stanford football, and Leonard Cohen.
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