This is a bit of a conspiracy theory, but one I find interesting. A lot of things have been popping up on my phone either in advertisements or google reward surveys. Last week I was on the train talking to friends about their personal finance assignment, then a friend who is a finance major joined in. This began a 10-minute conversation about mutual funds. By the time we got to dinner a few hours later, my Google survey had questions asking if I had any investments in mutual funds. This seemed super specific and something I had never searched about before, so we began some research. Apparently, there is a popular theory that Google and Facebook uses your mic to listen and then recommend you ads based on what it hears. A lot of the articles debunk the theories mentioning location based ads, the fact that your phone might need constant data usage to complete the tasks, there are no clear trigger words like what might be found with an amazon echo or google home, and that the English language is filled with nuances and sarcasm. I think this is a fairly interesting idea, and something I never gave much notice to until the other day. Even if the data and experiments that prove that this is false, I think we should all still be conscious of the ads that we consume, as they usually have some basis in our online activity.