Michael Luca: We’re Now in the Era of Data-Driven Lives

From a Wall Street Journal review by Michael Luca headlined “Two Books on the Data-Driven Mind”:

Fueled by the rise of online platforms and newly digitized records, an empirical revolution is shedding new light on everything from school choice and careers to dating and marriage. Rankings and ratings abound, and alongside them, data-driven self-help books seeking to translate social-science research into actionable insights. We have entered the era of the data-driven life.

In “Don’t Trust Your Gut,” Seth Stephens-Davidowitz argues that you can use underappreciated empirical patterns to—as the ambitious subtitle says—“get what you really want in life.” The book serves up facts and at times controversial advice on areas such as your appearance, relationships, parenting decisions, occupational choice and net worth.