How To Create A Survey That Makes A Problem Seem Bigger Than It Is: 'Do You Know Anyone...'
from the lying-with-stats dept
Nine out of ten people who responded to the online survey said they have seen people misuse their mobile devices, according to the survey.Right. It didn't ask people about their own activities, but just if they've seen other people. That's almost meaningless. Taken to an extreme version, say there was one (highly visible) mobile jackass, and 99 other people surveyed saw that one guy. Well, based on this survey, you could claim that mobile etiquette is in a terrible state.
I'm not arguing that there isn't necessarily a problem with how some people handle mobile etiquette. There could very well be just such a problem, but a study that sets out to investigate the issue with a survey like this one really tells you nothing.