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Carnegie Mellon: The Desire For Information: Blissful Ignorance Or Painful Truth?

“We live in a time of unprecedented access to information. And in this era of sheltering-in-place around the nation and the globe, the desire for news may be higher than ever — at least for some people. But do we really want all this information, all the time?” “Economists have long thought ‘the more, the better’, when it comes to information,” said George Loewenstein, the Herbert A. Simon University Professor of Economics and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon. “This thinking doesn’t fully reflect people’s complex relationship with information. We wanted to create a way to measure an individual’s tendency to pursue or shy away from information.” Read more in this Carnegie Mellon News article.