The Best of Vox
20+ most popular Vox articles, as voted by our community.
Our world, explained.
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Small acts of kindness matter more than you think
Text a friend, write a thank-you note, compliment a stranger — people appreciate these gestures.
Your phone is ruining your vacation
When in Rome — or Cabo or Tokyo — put down your phone.
How some people get away with doing nothing at work
All hail the jobless employed.
The stubborn sexism of American politics
It’s not just Don Lemon. When it comes to women in leadership roles, the discourse is broken.
The most mysterious forests on Earth are underwater
Kelp forests are majestic, life-sustaining ecosystems. Climate change imperils them.
Vox on Addiction
This is what love does to your brain
Shared by 115, including Tauno, Joanna Strom, Dominik Grolimund, Thomas Power, Ward Plunet
Capitalism is turning us into addicts
How Big Business shapes our habits and desires.
Vox on Economy
The Great Resignation is becoming a “great midlife crisis”
Older, more tenured people are increasingly quitting their jobs.
“I’ve read the plans to reopen the economy. They’re scary.”
Over the past few days, I’ve been reading the major plans for what comes after social distancing. You can read them, too. There’s one from the right-leaning American Enterprise Institute, the left…
Vox on Facebook
How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook
The "Off-Facebook Activity" tool lets you see — and somewhat control — what other sites and apps tell Facebook about you
What Meta employees really think about their company’s brutal year
Recode obtained a recording of a Mark Zuckerberg Q&A and internal survey results that show how Meta’s struggles are impacting staff.
Vox on Finance
Money is emotional — but personal finance advice rarely accounts for that
Budgeting tips won’t get you very far if you don’t address the elephant in the room.
The GameStop stock frenzy, explained
GameStop’s stock is surging, much to the chagrin of the hedge funds attempting to short it.
Vox on Inflation
Inflation, explained by eggs
Inflation is a tough egg to crack. We gave it a try anyway.
How the Fed ended the last great American inflation — and how much it hurt
Forty years ago, the Fed pushed the economy into a recession to stop inflation. Here’s how it played out.
Vox on Philanthropy
Effective altruism’s most controversial idea
Longtermism is influencing billionaires and politicians. Should it guide the future of humanity?
Is booking Airbnbs really the best way to help Ukrainians?
People want to help Ukrainians, and Airbnb has emerged as one way to do it. But is it the most effective?
Vox on Russia
Could Putin actually fall?
What history teaches us about how autocrats lose power — and how Putin might hang on.
The Ukrainian refugee crisis has already begun
The time for the US and its European allies to act is now.
«only about 36 percent of Ukrainians are vaccinated.»
Vox on Silicon Valley
The layoffs at Airbnb cast a dark shadow over Silicon Valley
Airbnb is laying off a quarter of its staff.
Dopamine fasting is Silicon Valley’s hot new trend. Is it backed by science?
How dopamine fasting works — and doesn’t
Vox on TV
Can TV take down the cult of the tech founder?
The Dropout, Super Pumped, and WeCrashed try to break up our love affair with tech founders. They don’t totally succeed.
Colors: Where did they go? An investigation.
Why do so many TV shows and movies look like they were filmed in a gray wasteland?
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Why we need rituals, not routines
How rituals can help you approach basic tasks more mindfully.
«Currey describes a ritual as an activity that eases a person into a focused mindset, a liminal state that is conducive for thinking, creating, or just being. “Rituals create and mark a transition towards a different kind of mental or emotional state,” he said. This can look different for every person, but it’s helpful to approach rituals as a soothing, meditative activity that allows the participant to be physically and mentally present»
How to get better at making every type of decision
Here’s what to do if you regularly wish you could hire someone to make all your choices for you.
«Keeney advises asking yourself, “What do I hope to achieve by addressing this choice?” and focus on aspects that aren’t easily quantifiable.»
What is the point of crypto?
Crypto is a solution in search of a problem — or problems.
«The strongest case for crypto is that it’s money outside the hands of banks and government»
How to admit you’re wrong
Admitting wrongdoing isn’t a failure, it’s an opportunity.
«Fetterman’s research shows admitting wrongness actually improves our reputation. By owning up to our errors, others see us as friendlier and more agreeable.»
How to figure out what you want out of life
What society expects of you and what you actually want in life can be different things.
«At any age, setting aside time and intentionality to decipher what motivates you and whether you’ve been living authentically can be enlightening»
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Vox on Social Media
Trends are dead
Everything and anything can be a trend on the internet. Why are we so determined to name them?
Why some biologists and ecologists think social media is a risk to humanity
One of the real challenges that we’re facing is that we don’t have a lot of information