As much as mom claims to love the ornaments you make her and as much as dad gushes about those socks you buy him, why not get them something different this year? It’s easy to do. You can purchase an alternative gift, instead, which supports various charities around the world.
Too many social scientists have too much time on their hands as is demonstrated by the sheer volume of meaningless studies pumped out of ivory towers each year. The latest such study that I saw investigated the motivations behind shoppers’ fascination with Black Friday. Social scientists aren’t the only ones with a vested interest in why shoppers shop on certain days, the American Retailers Association also has collected a considerable amount of research on the shopping habits of those who favor doing their holiday shopping on Black Friday.