By Anonymous - 14/03/2014 15:15 - United States - San Francisco

Today, my friend told me that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. Since he's my friend, I didn't want to call him out too bad, so I joked that 90% of statistics are made up on the spot. He called me an idiot and lectured me on how I'd just made that figure up myself. I need new friends. FML
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Gather some real statistical data and run a multiple regression with an alpha level of .05 to determine what negative characteristics are contributing to your poor friend choices. Then use that to improve. Problem solved. :)

He's right it's somewhere between 50 and 60%

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Gather some real statistical data and run a multiple regression with an alpha level of .05 to determine what negative characteristics are contributing to your poor friend choices. Then use that to improve. Problem solved. :)

LadyQuantum 7

What an idiot!

#7....moi? I'd like to see some statistical proof of that arbitrary comment! Unless you're just comment jacking in which case good for you.

LadyQuantum 7

You need not worry, I thought I'd comment the easy way.....comment jacking - it's my thing ;)

You just gave me a nerdgasam. Thank you.

Why you're welcome #24, I aim to please :)

Divorce rates are still scary though its like love is dying :/

love isn't dying. A lot of relationships have complications in the long run and instead of trying to fix things people see divorce as an easy out. It's never easy though.

#34 - Saying "love is dying" with regards to marriage presupposes most marriages have historically been based on love. This is a fairly modern phenomena. Divorce rates are up for many reasons that have nothing to do with "love": -Less stigma -Less churches telling you you'll go to h*ll if you get divorced -Women being able to provide for themselves without a man (so less fear of splitting up) -People actually getting married for love (and then falling out of love eventually) -People living longer (and therefore having to deal with their spouse longer) That's just off the top of my head.

90% of friendships aren't that important is something you can say to him

Lol, good idea. And OP saying that 90% of statistics are made up is exactly like the familiar quote from Abe Lincoln about the problem with things you hear on the Internet.... xD Oh, the irony

People can be so negatively literal...hope you worked things out OP!

He actually just confirmed what you said.

aaaa_fml 13

The point is he didn't get the obvious joke.

the good old statistics debate, they always seem to end up with someone losing their shit.

Statistical..... Debate.... See the irony in that?

He's right it's somewhere between 50 and 60%

Why is this being down voted? Its accurate. We covered it in my Family Studies class in high school and again when stats came up in first year uni psych....

It was getting down voted because it seemed pretty obvious OP made up that statistic to prove a point.

rldostie 19

It's actually not that high-- it depends on how you look at the statistics. First time marriages are less likely to get a divorce, somewhere in the 40 percentile. The overall number of divorces is driven up by second marriages and above. Essentially, people who have divorced once are more likely to divorce a second time, making the statistic higher. So if you're a first time marriage, only about 40-something% end in divorce. If you're divorced and remarry, 50-something% end in divorce. Statistics can be misleading if you don't pay attention to how they're added up.

aaaa_fml 13

He was referring to the divorce statistic, which is around 50% of total marriage ending in divorce. That one is accurate, and the op was wrong when he made fun of his friend for making up statistics.

I hear you can get them at Fred Meyers

I like that, I will use that from now one

What exactly are you planning to use?

Lemme clarify I like what op said in response to his friend bringing up statistics

I will gladly be your friend.

Can I join this friendship?

Steve95401 49

If 90% of statistics are made up, what about the other half?

bbrree1 6

Half of 100 is 90? Interesting...

The other half are commenters on this site not getting the jokes.