SATIRE: Study shows that we should stop trusting studies
A recent poll has shown that Americans shouldn’t be so quick to believe other polls.
The study was comprised of a non-randomized sample of 15 students who volunteered to receive extra credit for a class. The university that conducted this recent study has asked not to be identified for privacy purposes. However, they did offer the data in full.
The students were presented with a poll that had recently been discussed on the morning talk show, The View, which read,“In a recent study, students who drink coffee everyday get better grades.”
After polling the students on a Likert scale, the students were then asked in a focus group whether or not they believed the poll to be empirically accurate.
“I mean, I am smart,” says Jillian McCormick, a senior at said university. “And I drink coffee everyday, so yeah, it’s like … definitely true.”
Michael Featon, another participant in the study, says, “I mean what do you qualify as good grades?” says another senior in the sample of respondents, “I think I do pretty well when I want to.”
Out of the 15 students polled, 86 percent say they couldn’t tell whether or not the study was factual or not; 6 percent say they believed that coffee gave you better grades; and 6 percent say they did not believe that coffee could actually improve one’s overall grade point average. The study has been said to representative of the public — but we’re just not sure.
In the focus groups, the students were also asked what they look for when reading a study, to make sure it’s believable. For this portion of the study, the students were asked in an open forum what their favorite studies all have in common.
In another recent study, which has absolutely no empirical evidence, some guy with “Dr.” in front of his name concluded that we should probably leave the public opinion polling to people who actually know what they’re doing — so, like , Pew … or something.