Thursday, June 29, 2006

Annals of Bad Science, Again

http://www.livescience.com/othernews/060629_money_happiness.html

A study found that men with incomes about $100,000/year spend less time watching TV than men with incomes below $20,000. They conclude that money does not cause happiness.

While it is an old saw that correlation is not causation, it's more interesting to catch cases where your independent and dependent variables are reversed. Isn't it far more reasonable to conclude that a higher incomes requires that you give up some of your leisure time? Given that this is an obvious fact?

2 Comments:

Anonymous AnotherJen said...

So they're saying that happiness is correlated with TV watching? That's even more weird! Guess I better stop websurfing, since TV watching is the path to happiness. :)

10:02 AM  
Blogger Dustin said...

Actually, I misquoted slightly.

It was actually "passive leisure activities", which would include web surfing. You're good.

3:54 PM  

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