posted on Dec, 6 2012 @ 11:46 AM
reply to post by KarensHoliday
One thing I always try to consider when someone says "something" is a "problem" and on the "rise" is account for how the statistics are gathered
now...as to the data you are comparing those statistics to.
The stats you listed...how do we know those aren't the norm? Well we compare them with previously gathered stats but sometimes completely ignore the
differences in how those stats were gathered...which is significantly important.
Much like earthquakes today. When people show charts of worldwide earthquakes on the rise...that data represents a comparison of two different data
sets that usually excludes how the data was gathered. We have significantly more EQ awareness today than at any other time in history because we have
a significantly better method of detecting and measuring them...so while some say EQ's are on the rise I say EQ awareness is on the rise...
This same principal works with virtually ALL statistics...and this is why statistics should be taken with a massive grain of salt...people take them
at face value and make some pretty important decisions with them...
Let me ask...is crime really on the rise? or is the awareness of it via multimedia, youtube, tv, radio, internet, forums, blogs, twitter,
facebook....on the rise???
Is corruption on the rise??? or is awareness of it on the rise?
Is the OP listed stats on child diagnosis on the rise? or the awareness of it on the rise?
Is bullying on the rise? or is the awareness of it on the rise??
When you consider and account for the exponentially increasing flow of information in the world today and how its changing our perceptions...I would
imagine almost everything is on the "rise" because our awareness of it is on the "rise"...
98% of all statistics are made up on the spot. (including this one)
edit on 6-12-2012 by Sly1one because: (no reason given)