Hey, and I did it in less than 140 characters! The above was my response to this item which David Hogg forwarded to me.
The next thing you know, people are going to claim that women are three times as likely to wear
red pink when . . . Naaah, forget about it, that would never happen.
Hmmm, I think the above is not so savvy of me, to just go around insulting a whole bunch of people. So let me just say that becoming numerate is not as easy as it might seem. All of us can be gullible in areas outside of our expertise. Indeed, I’ve fallen for the occasional April Fool’s gag myself.
And, maybe it’s not really right for me to say that “Twitter sucks.” Sure, the downside of Twitter is that people can just pass along a silly joke, not realizing it’s a joke at all. But the upside is, I hope, that once people have committed themselves and then realize they were mistaken, they’ll think harder the next time they see something like that.
I hope the same thing goes with the “women wearing
red pink” study and all the others of that type. It’s too bad that people got sucked in by those sorts of silly claims, but maybe they’ll be more careful next time.