Apr 25, 2012

Why I Hate Statistics

Whenever you go through a crisis may it be financial or medical, people always want to give you the statistics. Well 6 out of 10 people blah blah blah. I'm just going to put this out there, statistics are meaningless. I'll make an exception for the mortality rate since one out of one of you will die.

I'll give you a few examples of why I hate statistics.
  • 3.3 births out of 1,000 result in Cerebral Palsy
  • 9 out of 10 babies born at 30 weeks will have no developmental delays
Mark has Cerebral Palsy, knowing that the odds were "small" doesn't really make me feel any better or worse about his brain damage.
  • On my first try with IVF I had a 25% chance of getting pregnant.
  • On my second try with IVF I had a 5% chance of getting pregnant with twins.
  • I had a less than 5 percent chance of delivering my twins before 34 weeks.
Hey guess what? All of those things happened to me. Look at the small percentage statistics have given me for the life that I have. Which is why I believe that statistics are meaningless. Other than the mortality rate, no statistics are an accurate measure of what may happen in your life.

So they next time you find yourself in a crisis, try to remember that even if the odds are small, someone is on that side of the statistic.


  1. I have posted abut this before. Statistics mean nothing. People use them as "protection" against real life and live in denial that bad things happen to food people. I so get it!

  2. I hate statistics, too. The only people who ever feel comforted by them are the ones who have never fallen on the wrong side.


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