Dr. Jim RobertsDr. Roberts is a leading researcher on consumer behavior and the Ben H. Williams Professor of Marketing in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. His book SHINY OBJECTS is available on Amazon.
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Author Archives: jim_roberts
Cell Phone Addiction Quiz Gets Nearly a Million Page Views on Yahoo!Tech
Hello All, I have been absent from posting for some time but wanted to make available to you my cell phone addiction quiz that was posted on Yahoo!Tech’s web site three months ago. It created quite a stir and generated … Continue reading
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Today Show Interview
Here’s a link to a brief interview I did about cell phone addiction that was part of a segment on “nomophobia” that appeared on the Today Show, May 14, 2015. Link: http://www.today.com/video/are-you-addicted-to-your-smartphone-445368387662
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Cell-Phone Jones (Addiction)
My research (with friend and colleague Steve Pirog) on cell-phone addiction, http://www.akademiai.com/content/q41011j715q26n7h/, has created quite a media stir recently. Coverage has even jumped “the pond” with coverage by The Daily Mail of the UK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2241326/It-s-probably-better-talk-How-checking-phones-60-times-day-driving-away-friends.html. The most commonly asked question … Continue reading
$550 Million Power Ball Lottery = Happiness?
With all of the excitement over the now $550 million Power Ball lottery, I thought I would share with you a brief excerpt from my book (Pages 151-152), Shiny Objects: Why we spend money we don’t have in search of … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged $550 million, everyday pleasures, happiness, lottery winners, money, Power Ball Lottery, Shiny Objects 6 Comments
Gratitude: Pay It Forward
In my last post, I promised we would take a closer look at gratitude. Since we are only a few days from Thanksgiving, I thought this might be important territory to cover. People who study this kind of thing, define … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Barbara Streisand, gratitude, happiness, relationships, Thanksgiving 3 Comments
Gratitude \Grat-i-tood\ (n): Thankfulness
It’s that time of the year again, when families far and wide gather to give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon them over the past year. Don’t forget to add a generous helping of food, football, and of course, shopping. … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Black Friday, gratitude, gratitude journal, happiness, Thanksgiving 8 Comments
The Rich (1%ers) are different from you and I
Despite the somewhat rocky economy, Hermés, a retailer of upscale leather accessories and fancy silk scarves, can hardly keep their shelves stocked with their toney merchandise. Hermés’ starter Birkin leather handbag retails for $6,130. The upscale retailer tallied a 24 … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged 1%ers, Birkin, Gallup, Herme's, rich, Shiny Objects, WSJ 5 Comments
It’s seldom that you can find much that’s funny about our preoccupation with Shiny Objects, but I think I just might have. I have tried this joke out on several live audiences to a chorus of snickers and even a … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged joke, Lexus, Materialism, Rolex, Shiny Objects 2 Comments
Shiny Objects Found on Mars!
You can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the SHINY OBJECTS found on Mars was not a copy of my new book, Shiny Objects: Why we spend money we don’t have in search of happiness we can’t buy. In … Continue reading
Posted in Uncategorized Tagged Curiosity Rover, happiness, Mars, NASA, Shiny Objects, spending 3 Comments