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What is more important, quantity or quality?quality vs. quantity

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marcpogi | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 11, 2012 at 12:56 AM via web

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What is more important, quantity or quality?

quality vs. quantity

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 11, 2012 at 2:04 AM (Answer #2)

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This depends a bit on what we are talking about, but in general, quality is better than quantity.  For example, I would much rather have one or two really close friends than 15 casual acquaintances.  I would prefer to eat one piece of really good chocolate cake than 3 pieces that aren't that great.  The same applies to many other things.

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litlady33 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted September 11, 2012 at 3:18 AM (Answer #3)

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I would say that, in almost any situation, quality is better than quantity. If you are doing a workout and you are doing a certain number of repetitions, any trainer will probably tell you to do 10 quality reps instead of 20 low-quality reps.

When applied to reading, it can be argued that quality is better than quantity as well. Some people try to read as many books as they can, but don't spend enough time to let those books reach them on a deeper level. I would rather spend more time on one book and really let that book soak in than read a book every couple of days and then eventually forget what I read.

This idea can be applied in many sitatuations. I'd be curious if anyone can think if a situation in which quantity is better than quality.

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e-martin | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted September 11, 2012 at 5:42 PM (Answer #4)

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Taking up litlady33's challenge, my first thought is that I'd rather have one hundred crumpled one dollar bills than twenty crisp and clean ones. 

Sometimes quality is not especially important. If I am using grocery bags as garbage bags, then having more bags will be more important than having high quality bags. 

I agree with everything said above, but I think there are probably plenty of situations where quantity does trump quality. This will be especially true if we concoct situations where a minimum amount of something is needed in order to be useful. 

It'll do us little good to have one great fork at a dinner for three. A spectacularly high quality quart of paint does us little good if we need three quarts to get the job done. 

 

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mwalter822 | Teacher | (Level 2) Educator

Posted September 11, 2012 at 10:13 PM (Answer #5)

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Quantity is the answer in some cases, if you're talking about very basic items, like soybeans or pinestraw. There isn't that much difference in quality between one soybean and the next, assuming they are properly produced.

But if you're talking about something more specialized, like firefighting equipment, you wouldn't want to sacrifice quality. To do so would be to condemn yourself to failure as soon as you needed to make use of the product.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM (Answer #6)

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I agree that it really depends on the situation.  Sometimes quality is more important and other times quantity.  Many times, this is really a matter of opinion.  In one example given above, the post stated they would rather have a quality piece of chocolate rather than several lesser quality pieces of chocolate.  I might disagree.  If I'm really hungry, I would rather have more to eat than a higher quality of food. 

Opinion might come in to play in other areas as well.  For instance, I prefer to have less higher quality items of clothing while my sister prefers to have more quantity than quality.  She purchases new clothes each season because they do not last.  I prefer to save my clothing and have it last longer.  Neither way is wrong.  It's just a matter of preference. 

There are situations where one will always matter more than another.  Drinking water, for instance, will always put quality over quantity.  You could have all the water in the world, but if it is polluted or otherwise unsafe to drink it doesn't matter how much you have. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 18, 2012 at 10:22 PM (Answer #7)

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This really depends on what you are talking about.  In some cases, quality is what matters.  If I am baking a cake, I would rather have one good cake then twelve so-so cupcakes.  However, if I am hosting a fundraiser and each person pays the same price for a ticket I want quantity- I don't care who comes!

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bullbudder | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM (Answer #8)

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1 man is enough for 50 mouses

so quality it is

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bullbudder | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted October 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM (Answer #9)

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i meant 1 cat is enough for 15 mice

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