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In a world of information overload, we can fall victim to all sorts of biases. They can lead to false conclusions so we should understand what these biases are and how they work or the consequences can be quite drastic. There are three types of bias in this survey. Confirmation bias, sampling bias, and brilliance bias These can affect our ability to deal with information and make decisions based on it . A recent article by Jono Hey of Sketchplanations discussed these examples and how they influence our daily lives.

One of the most-common types of bias is confirmation bias. This affects the way we test and evaluate daily news items. Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out or interpret evidence in a way that supports our own strongly-held beliefs or expectations. This means that, given access to the same set of data and information, different people can come to wildly differing conclusions. Confirmation bias can lead us to make ill-informed choices or reinforce negative stereotypes. For this reason, it is important to remember to seek out information that both confirms and contradicts your presumptions about a certain topic.

1. One of the most-common types of bias is confirmation bias. This affects the way we test and evaluate daily news items. Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out or interpret evidence in a way that supports our own strongly-held beliefs or expectations. This means that, given access to the same set of data and information, different people can come to wildly differing conclusions. Confirmation bias can lead us to make ill-informed choices or reinforce negative stereotypes. For this reason, it is important to remember to seek out information that both confirms and contradicts your presumptions about a certain topic.

I have one or two trusted sources of info on any given subject and form my opinions based on that.
28%
620 votes
I look for opinions that confirm what my gut feeling tells me and/or previously held opinions and ignore the rest.
17%
371 votes
I seek out competingl opinions on most subjects (such as from Fox news versus CNN) before forming conclusions
19%
422 votes
Other (please specify)
2%
45 votes
Not Applicable
40%
890 votes
If a blog or individual has an opinion contrary to my own I assume they are wrong and feel compelled to point that out to them.
3%
68 votes
Once you have formed an opinion what does it take to make you change it?
  • Credible proof sources if it is important subject. if unimportant why care?
  • Nothing
  • actual new facts
Sampling bias can cause faulty conclusions based on inaccurate sample groups or data. Generally, the cause of sample bias is poor study design and data collection. As a result it is important to get a representative picture of the population. This can prove difficult if the people generating the study are prone to human flaws, including their own biases. A common example involves which political party is likely to win an election. If the study only polls college students the poll will not accurately reflect the opinions of the general population. Marketing surveys that only target the assumed buyers of a product can mean an entire segment of the potential marketplace gets ignored or is targeted profitably by a competitor. To avoid sampling bias, it is important to randomize data collection to ensure responses are not skewed towards individuals with similar characteristics.

2. Sampling bias can cause faulty conclusions based on inaccurate sample groups or data. Generally, the cause of sample bias is poor study design and data collection. As a result it is important to get a representative picture of the population. This can prove difficult if the people generating the study are prone to human flaws, including their own biases. A common example involves which political party is likely to win an election. If the study only polls college students the poll will not accurately reflect the opinions of the general population. Marketing surveys that only target the assumed buyers of a product can mean an entire segment of the potential marketplace gets ignored or is targeted profitably by a competitor. To avoid sampling bias, it is important to randomize data collection to ensure responses are not skewed towards individuals with similar characteristics.

I am rejected automatically by certain polls based on my assumed opinions on the subject matter.
14%
308 votes
I am ignored by some marketers because they assume I am not a potential buyer of their product or service based solely on factors other than my ability to pay for them.
20%
450 votes
There are products and services that should meet my needs but don't because nobody ever asks my opinion on ways to improve them.
17%
371 votes
I am constantly targeted by certain marketers or pollsters because of false assumptions about my attitudes and habits. Meanwhile there are people I know who might be interested but are totally ignored.
9%
199 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
32 votes
Not Applicable
55%
1,203 votes
Are your opinions ignored? Who would you like to share them with if asked?
  • We are retired with low overheads. We have time & money to shop. Why ignore us?
  • No, why would they be?
  • I have a couple ideas for making things better, where and how to market them, cost, and almost everything. Told it to Davidson for inventions, and they wanted quite a lot of money, now, I've seen products out there similar to what I said, and that's stealing, so I don't know where to go, who to tell, where to get help, who to trust
Brilliance bias is another common one that makes us more likely to think of ability in some careers as a masculine trait and a female trait in some others. In fact, The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study on brilliance bias suggests a likely source of this is the uneven distribution of men and women across careers typically associated with high intelligence or skill. This could of course be simply because fewer individuals of a particular group apply for these positions based on their own personal negative

3. Brilliance bias is another common one that makes us more likely to think of ability in some careers as a masculine trait and a female trait in some others. In fact, The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology study on brilliance bias suggests a likely source of this is the uneven distribution of men and women across careers typically associated with high intelligence or skill. This could of course be simply because fewer individuals of a particular group apply for these positions based on their own personal negative "brilliance bias" While this is a remnant of historical factors that limited access to education and career choices in the past, its presence has made us (wrongly) conclude that some types of individuals are less brilliant. Naturally, as the cycle perpetuates the uneven distribution in these careers, it only reinforces this bias. Ethnicity has had an obvious bias historically.

I am male and succeeded in a female dominated career.
3%
74 votes
I am male and did not succeed in a female dominated career.
6%
132 votes
I am female and succeeded in a male dominated career.
11%
252 votes
I am female and did not succeed in a male dominated career.
10%
225 votes
Because of what I now know as "Brilliance Bias" I talked myself out of applying for something I now regret.
6%
124 votes
Other (please specify)
1%
29 votes
Not Applicable
64%
1,411 votes
What examples of this type of bias have impacted you?
  • Prevented from hiring those with physical disabilities because of assumptions they were not mentally capable.
  • Being Asian and female
  • People think that I am uneducated, use rent to purchase furniture, don't have a post graduate degree because I'm Latino
04/30/2022 Politics 2208 29 By: DavKar
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