Dear Internet: Studies don’t “prove” a point and it’s not their job

This week, I’ve read some online arguments about some topic or another, which stated “Well, I read a study.”

Let’s be honest, you have an opinion and the study matches.  I love opinions, whether they’re mine or not. They’re great things. More power to you, I say. You’re completely entitled to your opinions. Why drag a study into it?

Anyone with a few bucks and some time on their hands could conduct a study. Lobby groups, universities, marketing departments. They don’t really prove anything, and anyone who does studies can tell you that they create more questions than they answer. I could do one from my window – citing that 26.25% of my neighbors go outside on their front decks in the warm weather at 6 pm. Does that prove that decks are better than backyards?

Opinions are important. Maybe it’s the new pressure to “prove it” brought to us by the internet and its oodles of data. Perhaps, the study is the response to being attacked in the past and feeling foolish.

All I’m saying is, it really doesn’t matter if things are proven “true” by some study. Have an opinion, be loud and proud!

We’re all hanging out on a big rock that’s hurtling through space. Anything could be true. It’s the exchange of ideas I’m most interested in – not who is right. That’s downright dull.