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Use Curiosity to Avoid This Trap

“I would love to see the statistics on domestic violence in the NFL versus the general population.”

“What do you mean by statistics?”

“Well, I mean the reported rates. I bet the reported rates of domestic violence are a lot higher in the NFL than in the general population.”

“Really? What would that mean?”

Could it mean that:

  1. NFL players make their living in a violent sport and that aggression carries over to the rest of their lives?
  2. NFL players think they are above the law because they are often treated that way?
  3. ‘Roid Rage is at play (i.e., caused by steroids)?
  4. The size difference between a huge NFL player and a victim makes the injuries more severe and reportable?
  5. Victims feel that they will be more likely to be heard if they report abuse by a famous athlete than by a barista?
  6. Victims feel that they have an opportunity to get media attention for themselves by being tied to a famous athlete?
  7. NFL players are more likely to get exploited and blackmailed for money?
  8. Your Turn…

Would you know that higher reported rates of domestic violence in the NFL mean that NFL players are more domestically violent?

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“What if the reported rates were lower among NFL players?”

Could it mean:

  1. Victims are too fearful of being marginalized by public idolization of a famous athlete?
  2. The NFL keeps violence hushed-up for financial reasons?
  3. Victims have more financial incentive not to report the violence?
  4. NFL players have more to lose?
  5. Friends and family urge victims to be quiet so they don’t lose the benefits of being in the inner circle of the NFL athlete?
  6. NFL violence doesn’t get reported under “domestic violence” as much as it gets reported under something else?
  7. NFL players have an outlet for aggression that does not carry over into their private lives?
  8. Your Turn…

Would you know that lower reported rates of domestic violence in the NFL mean that NFL players are less domestically violent?

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For you to think about…
If the rates of reported domestic violence in the NFL and the general population were the same, would you evaluate the statistics before conjuring up a conclusion?

  • How much do we know about sample size, regression analysis, and standard deviation?
  • How important is it to consider this stuff–for your Life? Work? Politics? World view?
  • How fast do we form an opinion when we read a headline?
  • How much do we need to read beyond a headline to form an opinion?
  • How often do headlines match the details of an article?
  • When was the last time the opinion you formed from a headline was changed by the details of the article?
  • What does it mean for our decisions (big and small) that we are often too busy to read beyond the headlines and the numbered reasons?

What do you think?


In Case You’re Curious…
These are just a few of the annoying questions my poor friends and family are constantly subjected to as I finalize the testing for my long-developed framework for Elevating Curiosity Ahead of Criticism (ECAC) and prepare for the launch of the Living Curiously Project. I do promise that it will help you:

  • Think Insightfully
  • Judge Compassionately
  • Live a Life Less Ordinary

Stay tuned…

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