The Diderot Effect: Why We Want Things We Don’t Need

The famous French philosopher Denis Diderot lived nearly his entire life in poverty, but that all changed in 1765. Diderot was 52 years old and his daughter was about to be married, but he could not afford to provide a dowry.

Why You Should Stop Caring What Other People Think (Taming the Mammoth) – Wait But Why

The first day I was in second grade, I came to school and noticed that there was a new, very pretty girl in the class-someone who hadn’t been there the previous two years. Her name was Alana and within an hour, she was everything to me.

User experience and content design

Sliders suck and should be banned from your website

Five years ago, we wrote about why we really don’t like sliders. We still don’t like sliders. If your theme forces you to include a slider (also named carousels) on your homepage, please realize that it’s making you use a feature that has no value for SEO.


How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You) – Wait But Why

Hey readers! Quick note before we jump in: This is a post about something I’ve been wanting to write about forever: careers. Society tells us a lot of things about what we should want in a career and what the possibilities are-which is weird because I’m pretty sure society knows very little about any of this.

Operations and energy management (work)

That’s Not My Burnout

Are you like me, reading about people fading away as they burn out, and feeling unable to relate? Do you feel like your feelings are invisible to the world because you’re experiencing burnout differently? When burnout starts to push down on us, our core comes through more.


Anti-Social Network: The Truth about Male Loneliness

Jaromir Chalabala / EyeEm A few years ago, four of my male friends and I spontaneously organised a trip to the Peak District. None of us is exactly Bear Grylls, but we packed some hiking boots, emptied Sainsbury’s and committed to 48 hours in the relative wilderness of Derbyshire.