March 20, 2006

Sampling Error

I saw various linkage to the report that one third of all people say they are lonely. I consider loneliness, like boredom, to be more of a decision than a condition, and thus completely ignored the story. This afternoon I happened to wander past the radio whilst the wee wifey was listening to El Rushbo, and he was talking about the report at that moment. Turns out that the researchers conducted half hour phone interviews.

One third of people who are willing to spend half an hour on the phone talking to a stranger are lonely. This is news?

Posted by triticale at March 20, 2006 08:52 PM | TrackBack
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