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Quantifying the Advantage of Looking Forward

Tobias Preis, Helen Susannah Moat, H. Eugene Stanley and Steven R. Bishop

posted on 08 April 2012

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We introduce a future orientation index to quantify the degree to which Internet users worldwide seek more information about years in the future than years in the past. We analyse Google logs and find a striking correlation between the country’s GDP and the predisposition of its inhabitants to look forward.