|1.2% Prefer Death by Eels|
You've participated in these mindless surveys. When you are sucker enough to start, you'd like to think that there is a mechanism in there to complain about something, but the questions are always so patently skewed to support the biased hypothesis that there is no real study; it's just trying to push a conclusion so they can push whatever it is they're trying to sell. It's bad science. Here's an example:
Q: Of the following forms of dying, which method would you prefer?
- Decapitation by a dull, rusty saw
- Sliding down a fifty foot razor blade into a pool of alcohol
- Being slowly lowered into a cauldron of bubbling lava
- Eaten alive by ravenous eels
- Peacefully in your sleep
Therefore, this study shows that most people would like to die in their sleep.
"That's why 96% of your friends recommend Go-Ezy, the sleep aid that takes you to paradise."
But, as you take the test, you search in vain for #6 "Wait minute, nobody said anything about dying!"
It's the same with these loaded surveys that ask which method of social media advertising you'd prefer to see, or whether you'd fan somebody about a promotion. There is never the choice: "I'd prefer not to be bothered by advertising on Facebook, thank you." But be honest, given a choice about being hectored by constant e-mails alerting you to a new promotion based on your "likes," or not having to empty your inbox 60 times a day, how pathetically lonely are you to pick the former? You need to get some sunshine.
I do worry about the 1.2% who selected death by eels. Are we sure they were taking the survey seriously?