With the hurricane and all, this week got weird in a hurry. My darling husband is stuck in Chicago, so I chose to ride out the storm at a hotel with my in laws. Turns out this is the hotel the electric company puts it’s on call employees in, so I’m thinking we’re keeping power.
Anyway, with all the record setting weather, I thought this post from statschat was particularly interesting.
Essentially, it backs up my previous gripes that people don’t often accurately report what they spend their time on. They included this graph from the Washington Post:
The Washington Post article that provided the graph says that people who claim to work long hours are “lying”, but it’s more complicated than that. Presumably these are people who ‘typically’ work long hours but reasonably often have to leave work ‘early’ to handle some part of the rest of their lives. Conversely, the people at the low end of the distribution may have a regular part-time job that provides their ‘usual’ hours of work, but fairly often have over-time or additional jobs so that the average week has more work than a ‘usual’ week. They aren’t lying, they just aren’t answering the question you thought you wanted to ask.
The concept of people answering what they think you’re asking or responding to different wording with different answers is something all survey makers should keep in mind.
Anyway, I’m sure for all my east coast readers, this will not be a “typical” week….no exaggeration needed. Stay safe everyone!