How does statistics influence our lives?
February 5, 2012
Okay so for this semesters first blog i decided to go with how statistics actually influences us in our day to day lives. The truth is even if we dont realise it we are all influenced by statistics in almost everything we do. For example when we were around 3 or even younger the majority of us would have attended nursery or play school, but why did we go to these schools and nurseries?. Well it could be because it is only down the road and the parents need to get to work, in reality however the reviews of the nurseries and schools would have heavily infuenced why your guardians placed you there. This is true for when we all had to make our decisions on which university to go to, the best reviews and statistics on grades and achievements is the one we want. Were only human after all and we only want the best. To make that point even clearer if you herd a bad review about something you would be less likely to want to do it, hearing good reviews and positive stats make decisions easier. For example “90% of children who attend bangor play school perform above average on reading tasks”, this is a positive stat that will influence the decisions people make. Ever been watching your favourite progamme and then the annoying adverts come on? well this is usually how big branded companies get their chance to influence us in what shampoo we buy or what toothpaste to use!. The sad thing is that there are a lot of very gullable people who atually believe what they are being told in these adverts. To make good research you must know what research is, what is the purpose of the research and what the research shows.
To conclude even when we dont realise it we are influenced highly by statistics and there are some terrible researchers out there that will manipulate research in their favour (especially if they are being paid by big companies to do so), so not all stats put out there are acurate, so dont always believe what the doctor says!
Okay so not a brilliant blog! be nice happy blogging :)
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