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In a recent article, the author states that 71% of adults do not us sunscreen....

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gracedaymon | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:04 AM via web

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In a recent article, the author states that 71% of adults do not us sunscreen.  Although 71% is a large percentage, explain why it could be misleading.

Explain why this survey question might lead to an erroneous conclusion.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 30, 2012 at 6:31 AM (Answer #1)

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The main reason that this could be misleading is that it might be that most adults do not even need sunscreen.

The way that the statistic is stated, it makes it sound as if adults are being very irresponsible.  It makes it sound as if they are all going out in the sun without using sunscreen.  But what might be happening is that a large number of adults do not ever go out in the sun.  In that case, the conclusion would be much different.  We would not conclude that people wilfully neglect to use sunscreen.  Instead, we would conclude that many adults do not ever need sunscreen.

 

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