What is the first thing you look for when it is time to buy a new product or service? If you are looking online, odds are that reading reviews is right at the top of your list. In fact, it may become the driving force behind your entire purchasing decision. While we have always known that reviews were important and make an impact, new studies have shown that people trust them far more than many realize. In fact, if they had the option to ask a friend or read a review by someone they had never even met in real life, they would often give that review the same weight as input from a friend.