I’ve always been skeptical of statistics. Especially during an election year. But what about statistics that are massaged and then given an artistic flourish in order to make an entertaining infographic? I regularly post them on Edudemic and will continue to do so because I believe you, the wonderful reader, are smart enough to figure out whether certain stats are bunk or not.
I know not every infographic is completely accurate but they generally raise awareness and get people talking about a particular issue. That’s when the real deep-dive into research comes into play. However, let this amazing set of charts from Business Week serve as a reminder that you should take all infographics with a giant grain (or handful) of salt.
Is Facebook responsible for the Greek debt crisis? Is a mountain range correlated to the murder rate? All these and other important questions are answered below. Click image to enlarge.