Feb 14, 2014

5 facts about love and marriage

Love remains Americans’ top reason to marry. (Phew.) In a Pew Research Center survey conducted last year, 88% of Americans cited love as a “very important” reason to get married, ahead of making a lifelong commitment (81%) and companionship (76%). Contrary to generations of grandmothers’ advice that “It’s just as easy to love a rich […]

Feb 14, 2014

Chart of the Week: A long history of cable consolidation

The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger comes after decades of cable-industry consolidation.

Feb 11, 2014

Americans have been lukewarm, skeptical about economy since 2000

Americans have held lukewarm-to-gloomy views of the economy for a decade and a half, in good times and bad.

Feb 7, 2014

Chart of the Week: How the Winter Olympics has raised its ‘cool’ factor

Since the early 1990s, as the Economist chart above shows, Olympics organizers have steadily added more and more freestyle skiing, snowboarding and other X Games-style events in a bid to appeal to younger viewers.

Feb 7, 2014

Who smokes in America?

CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products comes as smoking continues to decline and smokers are consuming fewer cigarettes.

Feb 4, 2014

Facebook is a news source for many, but only incidentally

Unlike Twitter, which has developed into a go-to source for breaking news, only 28% of Facebook news consumers have ever used the service to track an unfolding news story. And even among that sub-subgroup, fewer than half (41%) said Facebook was among the first places they’d turn to keep up with a breaking news event.

Feb 4, 2014

Overseas users power Facebook’s growth; more going mobile-only

The number of Facebook users who log into the social-networking service or share content through it on any given day.

Feb 3, 2014

About six-in-ten Americans looking forward to Olympics

The share of Americans who say they’re looking forward to the Winter Olympics.

Jan 31, 2014

Chart of the Week: 63 years of global climate change

More than six decades of global temperature data, condensed into a 15-second visualization.

Jan 27, 2014

Another year of lackluster payroll growth

Nonfarm payroll jobs grew by 1.6% between December 2012 and December 2013.