It may seem hard for most people to believe but a lot of our actions and beliefs are not based on things that are factual, but are instead byproducts of strong marketing campaigns. For example, in the episode about hygiene Adam showed how mouthwash, soap, and flushable wipes sales spiked after the use of marketing campaigns that made you question if you were clean enough. This may not sound bad at all; however, when you think about the chemicals found in many of these popular products (especially those that a considered carcinogenic) and the increased frequency in which we now use them... Another example would be the episode about giving in which he showed how the jewelry company profits off the sale of diamonds-even though they get them fairly cheap (compared to how much they charge for them).
We have enjoyed every episode thus far; however, since we are a financially focused company we highly recommend the episode 'Adam Ruins Work'. In this episode Adam tackles issues such as the five day forty hour workweek, the exploitation of young people through internships, why you should openly discuss your salary, and much more. We love this episode because your work life directly effects every other aspect of your life. Think about it...how much more house could you afford if you had an increase in pay or how much more time could you spend with your loved ones (or just relaxing) if your work hours were shortened? Employee rights is something that's not discussed enough and Adam does a great job of highlighting some important issues that could provoke change.
Everyday you are constantly bombarded by advertisements from companies that simply want your money. These advertisements are so powerful that over time they can become ingrained into the fabric of our society to the point where they become the norm (either socially or through legal prescadent). When it comes to ruining things Adam Ruins Everything does a great job of lifting the veil to what we consider to be the truth and what are just traditional practices we follow. This is definitely a show that is worth watching. Who knows; maybe Adam will ruin banking, investing, or retirement?