The media also misuse statistics and internet memes spread disinformation via fake statistics _because_ people trust statistics so much.

Well, it’s for a particular purpose. Statistics aren’t going anywhere. They’ve proven their usefulness in the situations they are useful for.

But they also have seen rampant abuse, especially when being applied to individual people.

The context in this case, which I pulled it out of, was the use of statistics in psychology and psychiatry for formulating diagnosis for individuals.

In short, turning people into numbers.

The media also misuse statistics and internet memes spread disinformation via fake statistics _because_ people trust statistics so much.

The main point is: it’s wise to be skeptical of the presentation of statistics. Who said it? Why did they say it? Is it accurate? How did they determine the information?

_If_ statistics remained within the field of statistics, all would be well. Only well researched statistics would be released to the public and they could remain true.

But the social problem is real. Their abuse is real.

Still, the author exaggerated and utilized excessive hyperbole and that wasn’t right. I probably shouldn’t have shared it either, except that I believe that people need to be aware enough to be skeptical of “This% of that did this, which means ______” … and to check.

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