Wednesday, December 26, 2007

And I bet there is a study that shows that studies are full of shit…

A bitch noticed this news bit about teens feeling that a person must lie, cheat and/or whoop some ass to get ahead and…well, it caught my attention.


A new survey seems to say that more teens see the value in such behavior than when the study was last conducted in 2003.

That’s the kind of survey analysis that always pisses me off. Now there are all manner of people trying to blame the increase in teen evilness on politicians, magazines, television shows, and blah followed by blah followed by blah and blah.
But it looks suspiciously like bullshit to this bitch.

According to the survey conducted by Junior Achievement Worldwide, nearly 40 percent of teens believe that lying, cheating or violence are necessary to succeed. 23 percent who said violence toward another person is acceptable on some level. Overall, the number of teens who said they’d fuck with the rules doubled since 2003.

Okay, but mayhap someone should ask some not so obvious questions about this survey data.

Factoring in this new data, how can we trust that the teens are telling the truth when they say they don’t value telling the truth?

Or could it be that these teens are actually being more honest that the 2003 teens? If so, wouldn’t that indicate a decrease in survey dishonesty and wouldn’t that sort of contradict the new survey results?


And why come (wink), if studies are so accurate, everyone and everything gets blamed but the parents even though studies show that teens listen to parents over everybody else?

Shit, now my Afro hurts...


Anonymous said...

My thought exactly. Parents play a huge role. So does a lot of other data that is not taken into consideration when a survey is done. Background for one. But when teens constantly hear that only the strong survive doesn't that make them want to be "strong" no matter what?

Maya's Granny said...

My experience working with teens has been that this is a particularly law abiding generation. The kids I've worked with have been honest, helpful, smart, thoughtful, and generous.

I remember taking surveys when I was a teen and answering them way off the truth because I was just sick of being surveyed all the time.

Frogspond said...

I am the non-custodial parent of a 15 year old. Even though I don't have custody I know what an influence I have and I work really hard on having that influence.

Unfortunately, a lot of parents out there don't.

I take the time (I am blessed to have it) to listen to my kid. Even though I don't always agree with her opinion I respect it. If there is something I don't agree with we debate it, sometimes she even changes how I look at something.

I tell her the stupid shit I did when I was growing up for the purpose of letting her know not to do the same stupid shit I did. I also tell her that she is going to make mistakes and that it is ok to do so. The only caveat is that she should do new and different stupid shit. :-)

She knows that the only time I will say "no" with no room for debate is for her safety. So, she respects it when I do say no.

Far too often parents don't have the time, or don't spend the time they do have with their kids. Far too often parents don't realize that children are perfect mirrors. They see everything and will mirror it not only back to us, but out to the world. I learned that one when my daughter was 18 months old and I saw stuff that I did (and didn't like that I did) coming back at me. Talk about eye opening.

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