Information and overload

NY restaurants were made to post the calories of all their meals. The effect may have been to encourage people to make less healthy food choices.

Jonah Lehrer reflects on this particular manifestation of the law of unintended consequences. Maybe more calories gets equated in our minds with more pleasure.

I think it’s easy to overvalue information as a means of controlling behaviour.

1 thought on “Information and overload

  1. David Spira

    I live near NYC, and I can’t stand all of the attempts at social engineering health. This spectacular ad is the icing on the cake… . I’m sure a tax on non-diet soft-drinks is on the way.

    There is no reason to make people feel like a drug addict because they want a cheeseburger, fries and OMFG, a soda!

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