Projects

Graphics by Nathan Yau, borne out of everyday curiosities, learning experiments, and mild insomnia.

Mixed Feelings of Happiness and Meaning

Happiness and meaning do not always travel together. Sometimes we need to pursue meaning without the happiness, and vice versa.

Happiness and Meaning in What We Do

There are things that make us happy. There are things where we find meaning in the everyday. What are the things that give us both?

When Americans Are Happiest

What people are doing when they are happy and not, from age 20 to 70.

Life Satisfaction and Age

These life satisfaction scores might make you want to rethink life.

Feelings at Work

We spend a lot of time working. It seems worth thinking about how we feel during all those hours.

Where We Find Meaning in the Everyday

Meaningfulness scores from the American Time Use Survey provide a hint of what we value.

Pizza Exchange Rate

This is a story about pizza, geometry, and making sure you get what you paid for.

When Americans Had Intercourse with Opposite Sex for the First Time

The National Survey of Family Growth, run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asks participants about their birth and relationship history.

Commonness of Divorce in America

I wondered how common it is for someone to get a divorce. While I’ve touched on the topic before, I’ve never calculated it directly, so I gave it a go.

Deaths by Firearm, Compared Against Injury-Related Deaths

Among 1- to 19-year-olds, regulations decreased motor vehicle deaths, but deaths by firearms increased and became the leading mechanism in 2018.

How Much Time We Spend Alone and With Others

Oftentimes what we're doing isn't so important as who we're spending our time with.

Who We Spend Time with as We Get Older

In high school, we spend most of our days with friends and immediate family. But then we get jobs, start a family, retire, and there's a shift in who we spend our days with.

Social Media Usage by Age

Here's the breakdown by age for American adults in 2021, based on data from the Pew Research Center.

Literacy Scores by Country, in Reading, Math, and Science

See how your country compares.

Who Takes Care of the Kids, By Household Income

Higher income usually means more childcare, and lower income usually means less.