Paradox of Choice — Barry Schwartz Video

The most influential talk I have heard this year is Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice. I cannot recommend this talk enough, so I was thrilled to see that Barry did a similar talk that’s available on Google Video.

Google TechTalks April 27, 2006 Barry Schwartz Paradox of Choice (one hour video). If you’re in a hurry, you can skip the first 3 minutes to where his talk begins.

The content of his talk has really influenced my daily work in many ways. Especially because his points are directly translated to choices in user interfaces and how too many choices affects user experience.

More info:
My live notes from UI11 in October: Barry Schwartz: The Paradox of Choice. Also Luke Wroblewski made an excellent summary and later a comparison: The sweet spot on the curve.

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7 Responses to “Paradox of Choice — Barry Schwartz Video”

  1. WebWord » Blog Archive » Paradox of Choice — Barry Schwartz Video Says:

    […] Jesper Rønn-Jensen has posted a video of Barry Schwartz giving a talk on the Paradox of Choice. He highly recommends it. That’s good enough for me. I’m going to watch it later this morning and you probably should watch it too. […]

  2. Jesper Rønn-Jensen Says:

    There are so many memorable quotes in his talk. Here is one

    Everything was better back when everything was worse!

    The truth in this is, that when everything was worse, peoples expectations were lower. So that it was possible occasionally to have an experience that exceeded expectations.

    In modern American society (at least among the affluent), I don’t think it’s possible for anything to happen that’s better than we expected to be.

    Because we expect everything to be perfect. And that’s the recipe for [at least] dissapointment if not abject misery. And all this choice is one reason why.

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  6. Jan Romme Says:

    Hi Jesper. Thanks for the link – it’s a very interesting video and the conclusions are absolutely worth keeping in mind for the future.

  7. Grace Says:

    Really interesting talk. Now I am having problems making any decisions knowing that any situation I am in is due to my choices and not because of the cards I was dealt. Having the power to choose is truly a double edged sword!