My name is Dave. I’m a product research addict. I habitually uncover obscure details about products, become consumed with the pros and cons of various competitors in a category, and often find some reason to delay the purchase (sometimes for years) until I finally make the decision, at which point, I must have the product immediately. This trait is a new one for me. Maybe it’s part of a midlife crisis. It could be that I’m just trying to take my mind off the news. Whatever it is, from review sites to same-day delivery, the internet provides a bottomless pit of resources to feed my obsession. If product researching is like a cocaine habit, then the internet is Studio 54. From Vox: The best doesn’t exist. A psychologist explains why we can’t stop searching. (Counterpoint: The best definitely exists. And I will find it.)

+ Rebecca Jennings: I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me.

+ 11 senior citizens on the best products of the past century.

+ The rise of the recommendation site.

+ All these articles are part of Vox’s look at The Best of Everything.