“We are All Quants Now”: Cohen’s Article Reflection

In recent times, most people have been so addicted to their phones, and I feel that we are turning in the wrong direction of evaluating our lives. In her article, “We are All Quants Now,” Cohen elaborates on how smartphones have affected our evaluation culture. Every time a smartphone owner does something good and thinks that their friends should send their “likes” for that achievement. As Cohen (2014) argues, people base their worth on the quality of something based on the concept of “likes.” The anecdote that Cohen gives at the beginning of the article involving a young girl is typical for every smartphone user today, including adults. She wants to evaluate the quality of her drawing based on the number of “likes” she would get at school and not on her own judgment.

My sister is a young adult who will always look for the approval of whatever she does, especially from those around her. However, these days, she is so much used to posting everything on social media using her smartphone in order to hear “what people have to say” about her project. Around a month ago, she was discouraged that two of her closest friends had shown a “thumbs down” on her painting, and she could not eat or sleep. I find it ridiculous that these days, as Cohen (2014) observes, a partner can “ask her friends and family to assess a marital candidate” and then use the number of ‘likes’ he receives from such evaluation to rate him (para. 8). Although the invention of smartphones combined with social media allows us to interact with anyone anywhere, it is a privilege that has come with its negativity. Unfortunately, the wave of basing the worth of things on the number of “likes” we get or “views” we receive is spreading rapidly.


Cohen, P. M. (2014). We are all quants now. The Wall Street Journal. Web.