Top 10 Seemingly INNOCENT Things That Reveal Shocking Amounts of Information About YOU

Top 10 Seemingly INNOCENT Things That Reveal Shocking Amounts of Information About YOU

Top 10 Seemingly Innocent Things That Reveal
Shocking Amounts of Information About You 10. Your Netflix Ratings Can Reveal if You’re
Gay Netflix is a great service. For a few bucks a month you get unlimited
access to a constantly changing library of content, most of which is tailored towards
you. Netflix does this with a number of algorithms
that take into account what you watch, for how long, and what overall rating you gave
it, and then compares it with similar data from other customers. It would seem that the only real thing you’d
be able to tell about someone from their Netflix habits would be what kind of movies they like,
and which celebrity they have a crush on. However, by simply cross-referencing the data
Netflix has with other sources (for example movie reviews on IMDb), it is shockingly easy
to discern someone’s actual identity from a list of movies they liked. It is then possible to extrapolate from this
data and determine someone’s sexuality, political affiliations, and where they live. As unlikely as this sounds, a team of researchers
in 2009, taking part in a competition with Netflix to improve their algorithms, were
able to learn all this and more about a bunch of customers. One of these customers later sued Netflix
because the data (which was completely anonymous) revealed that she was gay, something she hadn’t
even told her family, and she was worried it could be used to out her before she personally
felt comfortable doing so. Then again, the lady in question had children,
so we’re guessing she could have denied being gay fairly easily if she wasn’t ready
to tell someone. It’s for this reason that we highly advise
rating every film you see on Netflix arbitrarily to throw them off in the future. Hey, speaking of politics! 9. Owning a Cat is an Indicator of Your Political
Views Like choosing a video game console, or how
you like your steak cooked (well-done all the way for this author, come at him in the
comments), whether you prefer cats or dogs is a weirdly polarizing topic. While we’re sure there a number of educated
guesses you could make about a person based solely on the fact they own a cat, such as
their living situation or how often they use that Snapchat filter that makes you look like
a dog, you wouldn’t think cat ownership would be an indicator of political affiliation. Weirdly, though, there’s data to support
the fact that it kind of is. As discussed in a 2014 Time magazine article,
a number of seemingly unrelated things are actually a fairly useful and accurate indicators
of a person’s place on the political spectrum. While some of these things are a little more
obvious than others – for example, highly conservative people are less likely to agree
that watching pornography while in a relationship is acceptable and liberals are more likely
to disagree with the statement “I am proud of my country’s history” – some are
a little more… odd. For example, for reasons that aren’t quite
clear, people who agree with the statement that they prefer cats to dogs, by and large,
appear to be more liberal than those who disagree, whereas people who use Internet Explorer are
more likely to hold conservative views. Though we could chalk this up to being an
interesting quirk of statistics, we feel it would be unwise to fully rule out that the
possibility that cats want us to live a socialist utopia, free of Internet Explorer. That’s a future we’d actually be kind
of curious about, which we’re assuming would be punishable by death in a cat-ruled society. 8. Facebook Has Better Face Detection Software
Than the FBI Due to the secretive and presumably super
boring nature of most of their work, the inner workings of the FBI aren’t made privy to
the public and, as such, we have no idea what awesome gadgets and technology they have access
to that we don’t know about. One thing we can be sure of, though, is that
they’re worse at analyzing faces than Facebook. According to statistics released by both the
FBI and Facebook, Facebook’s proprietary facial analysis software is able to accurately
identify a person in a photo 98% of the time. A figure that dunks just all over the Feds,
who admit that their own software has an accuracy rating of just 85%. Their main reason for this discrepancy is
that the FBI very often only have a single photo to go on to identify a person. Facebook, meanwhile, often has hundreds of
every person using the site, from multiple angles, allowing them to build a comprehensive
image on an individual’s features. In other words, Facebook probably has a better
idea of what you look like than the people who see you every day. 7. Stores Like Target Can Predict When You’re
Pregnant You probably remember a few years ago, a story
breaking about the store Target correctly predicting that a young girl was pregnant. It got her in trouble when the store sent
vouchers for baby stuff to her house, which were noticed by her father, who didn’t know
she had a bun in the oven. What you probably didn’t hear about, or
see discussed, though, is how Target was able to do this. Now you’re probably thinking that the girl
bought a pregnancy test in a Target, or something a few months earlier, or something. Which is a good assumption, but it’s not
how it went down. The store was actually able to make the prediction
based purely on the fact the girl had bought cotton balls and some unscented lotion a few
weeks earlier. On their own these items don’t seem all
that unusual, but the girl’s loyalty card also showed that she’d recently also purchased
mineral substances for the first time. Again, these don’t seem like solid indicators
of pregnancy, but Target’s vast reams of data showed that in cases where women bought
these items unexpectedly, several months later they’d buy diapers and other baby-related
items, too, suggesting that the former items were bought during pregnancy. This allowed the store to accurately predict
that the girl was pregnant. Of course they don’t get it right every
time, but the fact they’re even able to get it right once is evidence enough that
humans are depressingly predictable when it comes to shopping. Speaking of which… 6. Credit Card Companies Know if You’ll Skip
Out on a Debt Based on if You Like Birds Credit cards are like handguns, in that you
probably shouldn’t let a person with poor impulse control hold one lest they wave it
around in a store and walk out wearing a floor-length chinchilla coat. As evil as they all are, credit card companies,
like any of us, just want to get paid. To this end, they hire people to pore through
the reams of data they collect to better allow them to predict whether a person is good for
the money they borrow. One of the more unusual predictors of whether
a person will pay back a given debt is, rather oddly, buying fancy bird seed. As stupid as it sounds, analysis shows people
willing to drop 20 bucks on premium, bald eagle-friendly bird seed seldom ever default
on a payment. As innocuous as such a purchase seems, it’s
one of those things that is indicative of a person’s overall personality. Think of it like littering, or being rude
to waiters: it’s a small, almost trivial thing, but the kind of person who does it
likely acts like an entitled douche in other areas of their life. As summed up by author Charles Duhigg: “If you buy premium wild bird seed, you’re
spending a lot of money on something that you’re going to give away to birds you don’t
own. They [Credit card companies] basically figured
out that the types of people who do that, pay off their credit card on time, because
they feel this sense of moral obligation.” Because of this, bird seed and other such
purchases are often taken into consideration by credit card companies when it comes to
deciding how much credit to give a person. 5. Buying Underwear can Indicate the State of
the Economy The economy is a weird, nebulous entity that
few people are capable of fully understanding. That’s why we’re going to give you all
a crash course in something known as the ‘underwear index’. Basically, there’s an observable and studied
correlation between sales of men’s underwear and the current state of the economy. In a nutshell, during times of economic hardship,
men buy fewer pairs. Which seems… well, obvious. We all make sacrifices when times are tough,
but underwear is unique in that while it’s an essential purchase, it is one that can
be put off. Economists liken it to “driving your car
for another 10,000 miles instead of having it serviced.” It’s a minor choice that says a lot about
the person making it. Unlike other items of men’s clothing that
are purchased sporadically, underwear is a predictable purchase, so when sales of it
drop, it is a fairly reasonable indicator of the current state of the economy. If 10 million dudes aren’t willing to drop
10 bucks on a new dong pouch, there’s a good chance that the economy they work in
isn’t all that strong. 4. Whether or Not You Kiss Your Partner Before
Work Can Influence if You’ll Die in a Car Crash Few things are more intimate than kissing,
and we’re just going to go right ahead and say that if there’s a person out there who
lets you kiss their face, all available research says that you should be doing as much as possible. Research has shown that men who kiss their
wives before work every morning live longer, earn more money, and are 50% less likely to
be killed in a car crash. You may scoff at this, but numbers never lie
and they all point to kissing your partner or spouse being awesome. Now, we don’t live in the Harry Potter universe,
so the act of expressing your love doesn’t cast a magical bubble around you or anything. It’s more an act that’s indicative of
how you live the rest of your life. Like a lot of other things on this list, kissing
is a minor thing that says a lot about your overall personality, with people who do it
the most being more likely to be hold a positive outlook on life (sad people are notoriously
bad kissers). Psychologists believe that kissing your partner
each morning is a strong indicator that you’re, overall, a positive person, which in turn
suggests you live a healthier lifestyle, which in turn suggests you’ll live longer, earn
more, and be less likely to drive into a ditch. Again, it’s not that kissing magically fixes
all your problems, but if you have someone in your life you care about romantically,
it’s probably not a bad idea to do it more. The worst that can happen is you get to grab
a handful of butt, which is always great. 3. Owning an iPhone Makes You a Terrible Person
(According to Android Users) The internet has a collective throb on for
anything that involves making fun of iPhone owners, which is why studies like the ones
we’re about the quote often go viral when they’re released. For example, in late 2016 a study was conducted
that found that iPhone owners, in general, seem to display lower levels of “honesty
and integrity”, a finding that was gleefully touted across the web by avid Android users. While the study did indeed find a seemingly
concrete correlation between personality and the brand of phone a person had in their pocket,
to the point the lead researcher said they could predict what type of phone a person
used based on a simple, unrelated questionnaire with about 70% accuracy, it’s not the whole
story. One thing that was mysteriously left out of
all the articles slamming iPhone users is that the study also showed that iPhone owners
were more likely to be female, have a degree, and earn significantly more than their Android
using peers. Which goes hand-in-hand with data showing
rich people tend to be douchebags anyway, due to a sense of perceived entitlement. 2. Using Twitter Means You Have Shorter Relationships Most everyone these days uses social media. The internet has resulted in a noticeable
increase in the amount of people being joined at the hip, with anywhere between 5 and 10%
of long term relationships today beginning online, depending on your source. With the advent and subsequent removal of
the stigma surrounding online dating, the sites that offer the service have an unbelievable
amount of information related to the world of getting our freak on with the opposite
sex. One of the more unusual things people parsing
through the endless reams of data sites like OKCupid have is that there’s a link between
relationship length and the use of Twitter. Though nobody at OKCupid is exactly sure why
this is the case, the site’s co-founder has explained that the data shows a “measurable
and consistent” difference between the overall length of Twitter users’ relationships compared
to those who don’t tweet that much, or at all. The key thing here is that this only seems
to apply to people who use Twitter all the time. You know, like those people who always Tweet
pictures of their food and stuff. Numerous theories have arisen about why exactly
this seems to be the case, ranging from shorter attention spans of Twitter users to an increasingly
narcissistic society. Or, you know, it could just be that people
who use Twitter all the time are kind of boring to be around? Anyway, erm, why not follow us on Twitter? 1. Simply Liking the Taste of Beer Means You’re
More Likely to Put Out on a First Date Sex on the first date is a weirdly antiquated
taboo that, nonetheless, has a huge social stigma surrounding it. But lets say that, like 99% of people in the
world you, our viral young (or young at heart) reader, like sex and want to be matched with
someone who similarly likes doing the horizontal hug. All you have to do is ask if they like the
taste of beer. Again gleaned from data released by OKCupid,
the site found that among users of all ages, genders, and sexualities, the single biggest
signifier of whether they would consider having sex on a first date is if they responded positively
to the question “Do you like the taste of beer?” There’s no data about why exactly this is
the case, but we’re guessing that it has something to do with those people spending
their first date getting hammered. Oh, uh, totally unrelated… happy St. Patrick’s
Day, everyone! Wink, wink. Interestingly, while the beer question was
the only accurate signifier OKCupid could find that indicated a woman would enjoy some
intercourse a few hours after meeting someone, for men there were a few more… interesting
results. For example, the site also found that men
who’d find the prospect of nuclear annihilation exciting, can imagine themselves taking a
life, and would feel comfortable launching a nuke were also more likely to have sex on
a first date. Then again, if you’re comfortable ending
the world in a nuclear holocaust, we’re guessing the taboo about touching genitals
moments after meeting isn’t something you’d be all that concerned about.

Comments (100)

  1. This was written by a talented writer, Karl Smallwood, who has his own hilarious fact channel called Fact Fiend. Please visit:

  2. ha, I'm am outlier. high sex drive, hate beer

  3. I'd rather have cats as politicians than humans.

  4. That communist cat picture was amazing

  5. The hilarity of the number ten is that I am gay, so it wouldn’t be hard for Netflix to figure it out.

  6. Hitler had a dog. Kot had Lenin. Kot made a wise choice. 2:00

  7. Why do people use Netflix still?

  8. "Dong Pouch?!?!" Lol LOl LOL!!!

  9. Are Twitter and Instagram similar in your analysis?

    No wonder I don't like women who like beer.

  10. Liberals like cats more because we are more patient and understanding

  11. Yes but a person most likely has a better affinity to birds ? than a faceless credit card ? company. ?

  12. One of the things I like most about Simon Whistler is his hilarious British witticisms. "Dong pouch" for men's underwear and "horizontal hug" for sex. Too funny.

  13. HAHAHAH, jokes on them, I don't wear underwear!

  14. I kiss my wife every time we part and I wouldn't crash because I need to make it back safe to her!

  15. You're telling me that women with degrees or less honest that's funny

  16. "The inner workings of the FBI are not made privy to the general public". Simplify this: "The inner workings of the FBI are not privy to the general public". This is a nonsense sentence. You mean "The public is not made privy to the inner workings of the FBI". As stated, it's a logical impossibility or the product of mangled grammar.

  17. Back in the mid 70's I worked for a company that collected and processed data for companies and the government. It wasn't what they collected as much as how they processed it. They could spit out your name, address, phone number, SSN, where you worked, how long you had been there, along with your auto registration, bank balance, and things better left unmentioned. How was this all possible you ask? Data integration, Your public info was company A, your auto facts were sent to company B, and your bank data was forwarded to Company C. So if, as an example, GM wanted to contact all owners of a 1972 Vega they paid the parent company to send out a mailer. Likewise if the ATF wanted the addresses of all registered gun owners in Wichita KS, that was also a possibility.

  18. What if you're single, no one to kiss, so are you screwed?

    For No. 1 in the old days you just asked.

  19. I have a cat and I use internet explorer, lol

  20. Statistics make me laugh and its funny how people dont notice what you can do with them. You said that men who kiss their wives goodbye in the morning are 50% less likely to die in a car crash. Which also means they are 50% more likely. lol.

  21. 8:06 Lies! I gave my girlfriend a kiss before heading off to work & ended up in a car crash anyways :Kappa:

  22. Data mining is extremely fascinating. It's like a giant sandbox that can be used to discover all sorts of unrealized trends.

    People may think it's the world of the left brain but this isn't true. For intuitive types, they can process patterns and trends almost subconciously. When a dose of creativitu and out-of-the-box thinking is added to dats profiling, you can find TONS of correllations.

  23. Thank you for #4. This is the exact main point about data and analysis. A surface-level point of "kissing makes you x" is actually due to underlying factors (as you mention, positivity, etc.). People need to stop taking results at face value as the answer almost always go much deeper.

  24. I'm quite liberal, but only tolerate cats. I have never owned a dog, but think they're awesome. Right now, I'm watching my rabbit eat hay.

  25. I think Pornhub knows best about our sexualities

  26. Netflix probably thinks i am geek with a bad case ADD. I havent finished a single series that i have started yet. They have all been based on Marvel comics.

  27. Half of these are why I hate banks, credit/charge cards, along with all other electronic funds. I don’t want people to be able to look at what I buy, and know exactly when.

  28. I could have done without the homophobic entry at no. 10. "Make sure you lie about the things you like on Netflix because it may reveal the fact that you are Gay," which obviously would be "shocking." You could have gone at it from the other direction, that your viewing habits would reveal that you were non-Gay, but why waste an opportunity to raise the issue of being Gay in a negative light? You could also start using photos of Gay men and women as generally representing topics on love and relationships, not only when the topic has specifically to do with "Gay." Using photos of only non-Gays holding hands, kissing, etc., to represent those topics — while not overtly homophobic — is nonetheless incredibly heteronormative.

  29. Anyone up for a pint?

  30. the Cc author should go medium rare or go vegan!

  31. What man isn't willing to have sex on the first date, oh, and I hate beer.

  32. Im pretty sure people know exactly how gay i am when they see my recently watched Netflix

  33. hee hee hee dong pouch.

  34. Does that kissing thing apply exclusively to men? It wasn't clear.

  35. That last one was misleading. You said that the indicators for men included being "comfortable" launching a nuke, and a couple of other things, but the things you said didn't match the questions in the picture. For example, the nuke question asked if he'd launch one "under any circumstances", not "would you be comfortable" launching one.

  36. "dong pouch" bahahahahahaha

  37. Men don't buy underwear. The women in their lives do the buying. Girlfriend, wife, mother grandma – they buy men's underwear. I worked in the men's underwear department of a major department store,. I was embarrassed at my posting until the dept head told me during training that the only men who came into the dept were gay. All other buyers were women. Very true! So much for the "Underwear Effect".

  38. I have 3 cats… I am a liberal?? accurate for me

  39. Correlation isn't causation.

  40. Shout out all the way from Pakistan love your work.

  41. Ha jokes on them! I have a defaulted student loan and buy fancy bird seed…I like my birds and so does my kitty!

  42. Hardly Paying attention, I said “liberals” as soon as the cat thing was mentioned..Fairly easy observation

  43. None of these facts are true about me, I have Netflix, but I don't review films, I live alone so I have no one to kiss in the morning, I get cash out at the cashpoint so that I know what I am spending and I don't own a cat. Besides which, so long as no one tells my mum which porn sites I go on, I am not really bothered.

  44. Hmmm. Own two cats, conservative as h311. Algorithm NOT perfect.

  45. I never join rewards clubs, never had any need for a Facebook, and use cash as much as possible. I never get those robo-calls I keep hearing about, and I've had the same number for over ten years.

  46. "Dong Pouch!" ?
    Also, does kissing my cats count? ?

  47. A lot of these are just correlations. Not great sources for some

  48. Steak isnt a polarizing issue at all, but if you dont eat steak rare or medium rare without any kind of sauce, you're a communist.

  49. Ratings? Ha! I don't rate things.

  50. Cool, I got 1:17 seconds into this video before I stopped watching it.
    Not because i'm homophobic, no in fact, I wholeheartedly support all sexual identities.
    No, the problem I had right off the bat that this is like the quivelent of people saying "You like Sailor Moon, The Powerpuff Girls or The Golden Girls? GAAAAAAY."
    Yeah, I prefer facts, not a bunch of psudeo-science, vogue article personality quiz bullshit.
    I thought this would be stuff like "handwriting analysis", not a bunch of shit that seems about as accurate as a fortune telling machine at a circus carnival.

  51. To all the women with whom I went to college, if I had known this I could have pretended to like beer.

    Oh and Dong Pouch!

  52. I want to set off a nuke. but i also don't want to hurt anyone. Imagine containing all the power from a 'Fat Man' nuclear explosion in a small chamber and releasing that all that energy through a 1 nanometer narrow beam that lasts 1 microsecond. BOOM instant Gamma Ray Burst laser gun!

  53. I think the link between guy's wanting to end the world and wanting instant gratification sex is pretty clear. They're the type that girls don't usually go for and therefore crave what they can't get. At least thats what I'm assuming since all the guys I know like that are edgelords that don't know what personal hygiene is and obsess over zombie plans.

  54. Lenin had a cat

  55. I love the taste of beer yet find sexual relations f'n vile and disgusting, what does that study suggest about me?

  56. I would be willing to bet that really avid pet lovers, generally speaking (of both cats and dogs), are more likely to be liberals than people who are only moderately interested, or uninterested, in pets.

  57. What if we have a cat and a dog?

  58. Dong pouch… LMAO!!! Simon, aside from introducing me to many interesting facts, you also crack me up! I love ALL of your channels. Thanks for never failing to brighten my day.?

  59. Why is the underwear thing specific to men?

  60. i heard that trump reference at the end, did anyone else?

  61. The study about iphone….that is because iphones are nothing but status symbols to be displayed, which a lot of women are down for. And of course you will need to be bringing in more money to pay for a phone that costs easily double than anything else.


  63. Well I always pay my bills but never by fancy birdseed,I have a car and a dog,my phone is a flip phone(don’t want a phone smarter than me that’s what computers are for) but it explains the stuff I got in the mail after my knee surgery as I bought cotton swabs and mineral oil(I was 50 at the time and knew no one who was pregnant). I guess I am considered a moderate. Would never have an abortion but what you do is your business. Don’t ban guns-altogether but other than military who needs automatic or semi automatic weapons.

  64. Points for "dong pouch."

  65. I used to ask people if only drank beer just to get drunk, I used to!
    I would say I eventually learned to savor the flavor.

    I guess I was just expressing the topic the wrong way.

  66. …and again, the closed captions add to the delight of the video!

  67. I laughed so hard at DONG POUCH I woke my wife on the other side of the house, on another floor…

  68. "weirdly, whether you prefer an animal that demands respect and empathy or a submissive one that tolerates authoritarian domination, relates to your political views." Who'd've guessed?

  69. Sooo, should I, being a long-time single, consider not to drive at all?

  70. Conservative cat lover here. (But I started to prefer cats after taking in a couple of strays. My whole life I though I love dogs more because cats seemed 'too liberal'. lol)

  71. We kiss several times daily. We discovered that on days when a morning kiss is missed (always accidentally) we have bad days overall. This has proven true for 22 years together, and counting.

  72. the economy is screwed! I never buy underwear. 😀

  73. The beer one doesn't fit for me. I no longer drink, but when I did, it was whiskey, not beer. ?

  74. If I buy $1,000 dollars of premium wild bird seed, will they grant me a million in credit?

  75. Those were Dad’s Root beer bottles ?

  76. Cat person, own a iphone, buy cheap bird seed, haven't buy underwear over 10 years,  don't do facebook, tweeter, target or netflex.

  77. The Netflix thing is definitely legit. I’m bisexual and after a few months of service, I started getting playlist recommendations for gay/lesbian programming. I knew about the algorithm, so I wasn’t really surprised.

  78. I have a kitty and I am a republican

  79. Peanut butter, pickles, saaaalt, she pregnant. Boom hire me

  80. I cackled at internet explorer ??

  81. Totally random but actually really interesting.

  82. The target thing is kinda creepy…
    But kudos to the young mom who thought to actually buy supplements. Shame Target outed her, but not many young moms would think to buy supplements.

  83. I don't care that algorithms understand me. That's how habits work.

  84. Number 10 made me laugh

  85. What if you like cats and dogs?

  86. At 3:23 you just described and showed a picture of meow zedong

  87. Facebook's Face Detection software might be super advanced, but it still thinks I'm my sister and vice-versa.

  88. Yea, well Android owners are the bloody worst! (According to iPhone users)

    (PS- dong pouch)

  89. The cat/dog thing makes perfect sense to me. Dogs display a much higher degree of loyalty and conformity (e.g. obeying verbal commands) than cats do, and these are traits that are valued more by conservatives than by liberals.

  90. I would be that person no-one would be able to recognize nor guess anything about…

  91. Shout out for the dong pouch

  92. It's a stereotype that dog owners are more outgoing, but I've known conservatives and liberals on either side of the extraversion/introversion spectrum.

    I'm a cat person and more conservative but also more introverted.

  93. Just a touch of background music is creepy.

  94. Netflix has NO idea what I like to watch, and is so useless I basically have forgotten to watch it.

  95. "Dong pouch" ? goddamnit…

  96. dropping 10 bucks on a new dong pouch ROFL Simon

  97. Well I have a cat and a dog. Guess that is why I’m a registered independent.

  98. I don't know any grown men who buy their own undies. And after watching a video I've come to a conclusion that I'm easy.

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