In one of those weird “stalking bad data” moments today, I found this Jezebel article that claimed that women worked harder than men. The Jezebel article linked to a Forbes article about a study from 3M, but there was no link. Finally, someone in the comments section actually found the study and I got to take a look.
Now the whole reason I wanted to track this down was because the claim that “women work harder than men” appeared to be based on the difference of a few seconds over the course of 10 minutes (2.5 minutes for women vs 2.1 minutes for men). Of course I wanted to see a p value here….they do know that’s how we assess if the difference of 24 seconds actually means something right?
Alas, no. No p value. Just a one time 10 minute trial of who logged more keystrokes when a researcher was sitting nearby.
Also according to the study, people under 35 work harder than those over 35, and supervisors work harder than non-supervisors. What’s weird is apparently the only metric used to assess “work” was keystrokes, and it doesn’t appear anyone group spent more than an average 5 minutes out of 10 working, even with a researcher standing over their shoulder.
Alright, I know this whole study is one big advertisement for their privacy software, but they couldn’t even give us a p value for how much better everyone did with their software? Why even use statistics if you’re not going to at least pretend to be rigorous?
Must have been a man who put this together. Everyone knows they don’t do much.*
*If you presume an 8 hour work day, and assume equal productivity across the day, the men in this office work 101 minutes to the women’s 120 minutes. How the heck to I get a job where I only do 2 hours of work per day????