Why some people were slow to social distance

Social distancing is the best way to protect ourselves from COVID-19. So why did some people resist doing so? A new study has some answers.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 surveys social-lives health-and-medicine

Teens who use Juul might not consider it vaping

When researchers added the term "Juul" to questions about e-cigarette use, high school students who said they had vaped rose dramatically.

Maud Alobawone-Rutgers • futurity
March 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: addiction teenagers electronic-cigarettes surveys nicotine health-and-medicine

1 trick gets Americans out of their political box

Before the 2016 US presidential election, an experiment suggested that manipulation could get voters to adopt political views that weren't their own.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: politics surveys society-and-culture beliefs

Users get failing grade on cannabis benefits and risks

"People are using cannabis and cannabinoids for everything and anything, and we don't have enough systematic research on whether it's effective..."

David Hill-Buffalo • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: marijuana surveys health-and-medicine medications

Survey: Majority says there’s no ‘God spot’ in the brain

"Findings like ours show that in general the public is suspicious of the idea that science can completely explain religion."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: religion brains surveys society-and-culture beliefs

Many Americans overlook war crimes if the war is ‘just’

A new study "helps explain the strength of support for the recent pardoning of US soldiers convicted of war crimes."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 13, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: ethics war united-states surveys society-and-culture crimes soldiers

What’s at stake in the 2020 census?

The 2020 census is the first to be online, but controversies around who's counted and how could throw off the count and put vulnerable people at risk.

Amanda Wicks-NYU • futurity
Dec. 11, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: united-states surveys government featured society-and-culture laws

Americans would rather drive than commute in self-driving cars

A survey of Americans' ideas about commuting in self-driving cars suggests that their perceived higher cost could mean people would rather drive themselves.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Sept. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: money surveys society-and-culture beliefs self-driving-cars

Marijuana use on campus hits 35-year high

Use of marijuana among college students climbed sharply from 2017 and 2018, researchers say, as did their vaping of marijuana and of nicotine.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 5, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: alcohol young-adults marijuana surveys health-and-medicine college-students

Nope, ‘environmentally friendly’ cigarettes aren’t healthy

"Marketing language that obscures these health harms, even indirectly through questionable pro-environment claims, ought to be prohibited."

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 6, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: smoking marketing surveys health-and-medicine cigarettes

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