Me: “I’m bored. I think I’ll look at [INSERT SOMEONE I FOLLOW]’s Tumblr.”
Thirty seconds later…
"Oh GOD I’m in public I didn’t want to have THAT on my screen JESUS. BACK! BACK!"
Like, I’m an ocean away from the filming, but I find myself tracking it compulsively. “Oooh, another photo of Benedict with side-parted hair and a tweed suit on a bike!”
Ok guys so I am doing a science.
It’s for my sexuality unit of my psychology class.
I want you to Reblog this post if you’ve heard AND believe in the existence of Asexuality.
I want you to like this post if you have either never heard the term, or if you don’t believe in it.
Please help with the science.
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLY STUPID WAY TO COLLECT DATA AND I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE KEEP DOING IT.
What do you think you’re going to do with these data? They don’t mean anything. You have no way of knowing how many people saw the post but didn’t respond. You can’t run any statistical analysis on the number of reblogs versus likes. Tumblr users in general are not representative of the general population.
And worst of all, you’ve built a huge source of bias into the survey: if someone likes a post, it doesn’t show up on their followers’ dash, their followers won’t see it. But if someone reblogs a post then all their followers will see it. You’ve rigged the survey to get more “yes I’ve heard of/believe in asexuality” responses. That makes the whole thing worthless.
What even is your hypothesis? How do you think you’re going to test it with these data? If one number is bigger than the other, how do you prove the difference is statistically significant? If your inference space is “Tumblr users who happened to see this post and chose to respond,” how is that information supposed to be useful? ”Some people are aware of asexuality and some are not” is pretty much all you’re going to be able to get from this.
I don’t know if your teachers failed to explain how the scientific method works or what. I’m disappointed if this is what typical science education is like.
Reblogging a) for the scientific takedown (kudos, gmonkey42!) and b) because this sort of chain reblog is the scourge of Tumblr.