“We discovered in almost all cases that Americans find it enjoyable and rewarding to put their faces in front of glowing rectangles for hours on end,” said Howard West, a prominent sociologist on the Stanford team. “Furthermore, when citizens are not staring slack-jawed at these mesmerizing shapes, many appear to become lost, confused, and unsure of what they should be doing to occupy themselves.”
Thanks, Onion. Now you have me all Seinfeld-like thinking about what’s the deal with rectangles and what’s the psychology behind them. What makes, for example, circles or triangles unappealing for looking-through devices? I don’t know anything about design, engineering, or architecture, but just thinking about a circle shaped Tv seems wrong for some reason. What is it about rectangles that makes them the standard shape?