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Zombie News: ‘Facebook Causes Divorce’ just will not die

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fuckwittery / geek / journalism

Pic: The Telegraph covers the original press release Back in March 2011 I wrote about a sudden flood of news articles claiming that Facebook was being cited in 20% of US divorce cases. After doing a little digging it transpired that the whole thing had sprung from the continual re-hashing, muddling and alteration of a UK press release of late 2009 (which even got a ‘Bad PR’ nomination here). That original release, from a service […]

Hacked off by statistics

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Here’s an interesting story from the Press Association, today: One in five university students have hacked into computer systems, from using someone else’s online profile to breaching internet shopping accounts, a survey has found. The idea that “One in five university students have hacked into computer systems” is pretty remarkable. Of course there’s no indication given of what the survey means by “hack”, but even assuming it’s something vague, along the lines of “bypassed some […]

On Marriage..

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This article about marriage is pretty depressing. Not because the number of marriages is falling, you understand. That doesn’t really bother me. But let’s take a look. For the first time ever fewer than 2 in 100 women, over the age of 16, got married in a single year. In 2008 the marriage rate for women fell from 2 per cent to 1.96 per cent, less than half the rate 25 years ago. The rate for […]