When I was in NYC and my wife was in Buffalo, New York we talked on the phone almost every day, usually around ten in the evening. I was at my friend’s place one night, and at 10:05pm, my wife called.
The first thing she said was, “Where are you?”
I told her I was at my friend’s.
My wife quickly replied, “Ha! I knew it!”
Confused, I asked, “How did you know?”
“Because otherwise, you would have called me at exactly 9:58.”
Am I really that predictable? First it was the Chinese food, and now I had been accused of call time predictability. Of course there was only one way to put this dispute to rest — look at the data.
Luckily, my carrier, Verizon wireless, offers call logs in spreadsheet form. I was only interested in chats with my wife while I was in NYC, so I sorted all of my phone calls by time and got rid of the records that weren’t her. After some data cleaning and adjustments, I threw the data at R (a statistical computing language) with all of my might, and it kindly provided me the graph below.
As expected, I didn’t call at 9:58 every night. In fact, the most calls were at 9:57. Ha. So there. Alright, maybe my call times were slightly predictable, but definitely not to the extent suggested. Most calls occurred some time between 9:30 and 10:30 with some scattered calls late at night and during the afternoon.
Data wins again. Data 2, over-generalization 0.
Have you looked at your call logs lately?