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Stories by Krystal D'Costa

The Social Benefits of Dinner Parties

Large group meals that are sponsored and produced by specific individuals are a luxury—both in terms of the foods that are served in these settings and the event itself—but they are also ripe with obligation. 

January 16, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Importance of Holiday Cards

Sending written holiday greetings is not a new tradition. Holiday cards are new, however. Where did this practice come from and why does it persist?

December 24, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

The Breakfast Economy

Whether or not breakfast actually is the most important meal of the day, the real emphasis seems to be on keeping weekday breakfast as low-key as possible

December 19, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

3 Historical Examples of "Fake News"

History is littered with examples where the the facts were altered to suit a specific purpose. Here are three instances where falsified public accounts were used to chart the course of history

December 4, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Understanding The Social Capital of Fake News

Why has fake news persisted? We've built the world to enhance our automatic assumption of the “right” action. Online social networks have been primed to reflect these assumptions of human behavior: We're not inclined to vet the information our friends show us because we've curated the experience to highlight things that are important to our network. Our default inclination is to trust our network.

November 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

What's the Bogeyman?

Maybe it's Michael Myers. Maybe it's a jumbie. But chances are it's something else. The real question is: Why are we all afraid of it?

October 28, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

Why Is the "Tears of Joy" Emoji Everywhere?

Although it doesn’t quite seem that we’re ready to chat in all emojis and only emojis, they are serving to modify our responses and add meaning in an environment where it could otherwise be difficult to interpret meaning

February 12, 2016 — Krystal D'Costa

We've Modified Our Behavior So We Can Text and Walk

We may be driving technology to respond to our needs in various areas, but this is one instance where we've definitely demonstrated that we're also adapting to accommodate technological change

July 29, 2015 — Krystal D'Costa

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