A Project of the University of Pennsylvania and the John Templeton Foundation

Quantifying the advantage of looking forward

Published: April, 2012

Investigator(s): Other Investigator(s)

Researcher(s): Preis, T., Moat, H. S., Stanley, H. E., & Bishop, S. R.


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.

JTF grant funded: No