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23 February 2008

Lost & Found

"According to a study conducted by a Boston marketing firm, the average American burns 55 minutes a day-roughly 12 weeks a year-looking for things they know they own but can’t find."

Holy messy house Batman! Is this true? Nearly 1 whole hour per day. Looking for keys, phone, TV remote, little Frankie's loose chameleon lizard? Really?

I can only imagine the questions that produced that statistic.

I read a
funny blog post the other day about a teen survey where they asked about drug and alcohol use. Because of the poorly worded strategically worded question, the teen in question fell into the statistical black hole of a bona fide "Teen Drug & Alcohol User" because he had taken a sip of his dad's beer as a child. As a card carrying cynic, I'm sure there was a plan to seek funding for some new fangled anti-drug program based on the high number of "yes, I have used drugs or alcohol before" question.

"I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex."
-Erma Bombeck

Do you find any surveys preposterous?

2 comments:

Dana said...

I've always been of the mindset that statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics. It's just the way things work sometimes!

Michael M. said...

"...statistics don't lie, but liars use statistics..."

Awesome, awesome, awesome. 1 out of 1 of me finds that to be an outstanding comment. :)