"The man who can keep a secret may be wise, but he is not half as wise as the man with no secrets to keep.”
– Edgar Watson Howe
Last year, Scientific American published an article by Columbia Business School researcher Michael Slepian called “Why the Secrets You Keep Are Hurting You.” In that work, their research found that that 97 percent of people have at least one secret at any given moment and that people have, on average, 13 secrets. Want to know a fourteenth? Few industries keep as many secrets as gaming, and those secrets are causing more harm that you might imagine.
Why do we do it? Maybe it’s rooted in our organized crime genealogy. After all, letting the Feds know how much we were skimming probably wouldn't have been prudent. Or maybe it’s from our carnival background, where we bragged about “97% paybacks!” instead of proclaiming “Lose 3% of your money!”
Whatever it was, the time for secrets is over. Or it should be.