Monday Moaning: Numbers Game!
Roulette might be one of the famous number games but it is not what I’ll be talking about.
It is all about the numbers. More and more we rely on these crunched numbers. Though how real are they. Can they be trusted, because what if the numbers are simply used to come to an outcome that always benefits the one crunching.
The reason I am talking about this is because it isn’t always as fair as we like to believe. Second they are being used to deceive us.
First number and lately the best known number is our friends list on facebook or twitter. The number on that is used to see how important we are or can call ourselves. Is it that much of a boost up ones ass if they have more than a 1000 friends. (if one can call them that).
I be honest. I to have a account on Ranting Crow but not on a personal one. The thing I noticed is that when you add, let us say a school, you get notification if you know a person who went there as well. But they graduated 10 years earlier. To add them only makes me to have that school in common. I don’t know them. Same goes for music artists it is but one single connection.
Still the numbers somehow indicate how well you are doing and your status towards the rest of the world seem to be effected as well. The more friends you have the more people want to be friends? Now it might have some benefits as to find people who like the same thing but would they like you if you listen to Bach beside One Direction? It is weird to think that way but numbers count on there.
For example on twitter it is even crazier. Can we keep up if we have more than a 1000 people we follow. Can we keep up and read each and every tweet. It becomes easy to overlook one that might really have been one to read and meant something to you. Sure enough to promote it is a way good platform.
Blogging sites do the same. The 101 is meant to connect people help each other and connect with those who have a similar interest. Wait there is the same indication again. Similar interest. I am not a one side bird so I guess I fit in nothing or to much. Either way what do numbers tell us.
My mind always works and tries to come up with explanations. Numbers are no different. It is a no-brainer I do like Math.
This is where percentage comes in and WordPress has started to use that as well for you convenience. That being if one is a company or else it does not matter in my honest opinion. Numbers shown on the stats are only but a percentage. Twenty likes may only result in ten views. It is than up to you whether what number to go after. Would it be more important to have lots of likes or have that one person comment and actually have read your post.
Showing when the most people show up and around what time is again more profitable for companies than an average joe like me.
And this is where it gets funny and weird. Soon as we name corporations or companies, numbers start to mean something completely different.
For them it is making money by the numbers.
It is here where numbers are not always what they seem to be and yet we believe them without a doubt.
The best examples given are those of research papers telling us something is healthy. While we look at these numbers and explanations there is another report that states the exact opposite. Now who to believe all numbers add up. Or that is how they suppose to look.
Let me elaborate by using two simple examples that are accruing more often then we like to admit.
First is election time. It is the best way to show numbers may add up but do not complete a picture. You must have heard of the blanc votes. Or that is how I call them. They usually are being evenly distributed among the winners.
They are the people who do not vote. They have thoughts like, It doesn’t matter anyway what I vote once they are seated they don’t care about me any more and do what they like. Breaking promises and stuff.
Clearly these votes could disrupt an outcome. If 60% of the people show up for vote it already means 40% didn’t. If by any change the wining team had a 60% of the votes out of an 1000 it still means only a 360. Leaving a 240 for the opposite team and the 400 none votes who might have given their vote to the 240. In this case it doesn’t seem that realistic or meaning full. Yet it does.
This principal of none voters or none complainers is also used at companies. A change in looks may be liked or disliked. But if no one says something these numbers will be used in the most profitable manner. Unlike an election this is where money is made.
Numbers become deceiving and used almost at random.
The looks and articles have changed of a webpage. 1000 people follow it. Now if only a hand full, let us say a 200, complain or say something. That same page might use the none complainers in the following manner.
Use them as agreeing people who do not mind. So the change is kept. It is to benefit the page because there might not be a roll back or this means more money in the pocket.
They could look at the 200 who said something if by any chance a 150 people complained they might see a figure of a 75% complaining. It should mean changing back but there is no way back so they change the changes in the hope not to lose costumers.
Reason enough to wait to see what numbers say and give them a twist to suit their needs. When that happens, what is the use of these numbers. Numbers should not be treated as a game. Neither as knowledge to achieve profits.
I know it is weird thinking when we don’t think in profits, but it might well be the only way to come to a true solution. If we hold so much meaning to the numbers should we not use them appropriately and honestly.
Stop associating status to numbers. Or use numbers to deceive.
Maybe life is more like roulette. A game of chance and not calculation.