As a sociology graduate, you know I just love data about social behavior/trends. The social networking (let’s not kid ourselves…it’s a singles site), Ok Cupid, now has charts that cull together the data collected from site particiants through questions answered. Oh goodie. Let me try to put some of my classwork to use by analyzing the chart to the left.
Read simply, amongst both male and female, the odds of vegetarians (in green) enjoying giving oral sex is greater than non-vegetarians (in gray) of the same sex. According to the site’s data, males, no matter their eating habits, have a higher likelihood of enjoying giving oral sex.
The questions used are probably:
1) “Are you a vegetarian?”
2) “Do you enjoy giving oral sex?”
There are intermediating factors that could skew the data. Of course, not everyone who answers question one will be comfortable enough to answer question two. Likewise, not everyone who answers question two will get to question one. As well, some may be inclined to fib for whatever their reasons.
This is definitely a convenience sample who’s small scope creates distortion. Despite how high the bars look, don’t forget to check out the digits to the left. When you go to ‘party in ‘da club,’ it’s probably best not to assume this is representative of the general public…unless you want to get smacked.
It might have been Benjamin Franklin who noted how one can lie with statistics; so we have to be careful to look beyond the numbers to what they really mean. Of course, for fun, we could just conclude that vegetarians make better lovers and call it a day.