Ben Orlin of Math With Bad Drawings explains the pitfalls of using summary statistics — mean, median, and mode — to make decisions in life. Aggregates like these are meant as wideout overviews. Look deeper for details.
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How Much Alcohol Americans Drink
Most people have one or two drinks on average, but some consume much more.
Married People Have More Sex
The relationship and dynamics change. Less lust, more companionship. Is that really how it works?
After Marriage, How Long People Wait to Have Kids
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage. Sometimes.