Originally Posted by ki4jgt
The 75% is something my friend told me (doubt it's true). Also, I don't really believe they're meaningless per se but I do believe that people rely on them way too much. That's where our judgmental attitude comes from. We as people rarely try to include anomalies because we're so busy worrying about statistics that we forget to include those anomalies in the statistics themselves. It has been my experience that the general population has NO IDEA how to interpret stats and in ways, I would like them to be completely ignorant if they are simply going to manipulate the information for every fear they ever had.
I will agree that the general population has no idea how to interpret stats or how to evaluate research that is responsible for those stats. They simply use them as a way to attempt to justify their own mistaken persepctive of "the way things are."