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Report: 90% Of Waking Hours Spent Staring at Glowing Rectangles

“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?