September 6, 2013 |
In one episode of the sitcom “Seinfeld,” George Costanza tries to impress his girlfriend by joining a book club. The first book he has to read is “Breakfast at Tiffany's,” by Truman Capote. For George, the novella is a slog: “If it's not about sports, I find it very hard to concentrate,” he says. So he watches the movie adaptation of the novel instead. Most people, in turns out, have done something like that to try to look smarter than they really are, according to a new British survey of 2,000 people.
September 6, 2013 |
OK, all together now: No wonder we didn't get into Harvard. We weren't cheaters. Turns out that that “C” isn't just for “Crimson.” As The Times' Matt Pearce wrote Thursday: “According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports, 10% of the campus' new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42% have cheated on homework.” Which means two things: A) These folks are short on ethics, and (b) they're too stupid and/or smug to even lie on a survey about it for the school newspaper.
September 5, 2013 |
Well, that's one way to get into an Ivy League school. According to an email survey of more than 1,300 incoming Harvard students, the Harvard Crimson reports , 10% of the campus' new freshman class have cheated on tests and 42% have cheated on homework. That's probably going to be unwelcome news for the 377-year-old university, which is still recovering from a 2012 scandal in which more than 100 students were accused of cheating on a take-home exam for an introductory-level class on Congress.
August 30, 2013 |
More than a third of American workers say they have seen or personally experienced problems with religion not being properly accommodated in the workplace, a newly released survey finds. The survey, conducted on behalf of the secular Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, found that the most commonly reported problems included being required to work on a religious holiday or attending company events that didn't include kosher, halal or vegetarian meals. Nearly half of religious workers who were not Christian said they had experienced or witnessed such problems.
August 28, 2013 |
In the annals of image problems, the banking industry ranks right up there .... er, down there ... in the company of Congress, with a high-profile survey ranking Bank of America Corp. at the bottom of the heap. Five years after the financial crisis, the Reputation Institute survey said banking has a worse reputation than Big Pharma, news outlets, oil companies and telecommunications firms -- though not so bad as Congress. The most highly regarded industries were transport, consumer products, industrial products, food manufacturing and computers.
August 26, 2013 |
The top fiscal issue looming for the U.S. is the ballooning fiscal deficit in the next 20 years, according to a recent survey of economists. Many economists believe deficits in the 2020s and 2030s are a more pressing issue than current deficits or those that will be racked up in the next decade, according to a survey by the National Assn. for Business Economics. Economists were mixed on how to fix the long-term problem, which will be exacerbated by aging baby boomers who will increasingly rely on Social Security payments and Medicare.
August 26, 2013 |
While a growing percentage of U.S. adults at least occasionally use the Internet, many rely on mobile devices to do so and a steady 3% of adults continue to have dial-up connections at home. The findings from the latest round of a tracking survey by Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project show that the percentage of adults who don't use the Internet has been cut in half during the past five years, from 30% to 15%. During that span, much of the growth appears to have come from people accessing the Internet from smartphones and tablets and computers at work.
August 22, 2013 |
Dreaming of an early retirement? Squirreling away a little from each paycheck is a great place to start. Where should you put it? Under the mattress? Hide it in the backyard? Most financial advisors would recommend stashing your cash in a 401(k). The problem? The majority of Americans are so confused about the retirement fund that they don't know where to start. In a nationwide survey by Charles Schwab of more than 1,000 401(k) plan participants, more than half of respondents said they find explanations of their 401(k)
August 22, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Teens may be ahead of the curve when it comes to protecting privacy on mobile apps and devices. And the younger they are, the more cautious they are about their personal information online. That's according to a new survey from Pew Research Center's Internet project. It found that more than half of American teens have downloaded an app to a mobile phone or tablet computer, but more than half of those teens have avoided an app over privacy concerns. And 26% of teen apps users have uninstalled an app after learning it was collecting personal information they did not want to share.
August 21, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Three out of four surveyed people in five key legislative districts say they're concerned about California's lack of regulation of hydraulic fracturing, a controversial method for extracting oil and natural gas. Polling data released by the Natural Resources Defense Council worry that the injection of sand and chemicals into shale formations deep underground -- known as "fracking" -- could threaten subterranean water supplies....