There has been an infographic floating around concerning the men’s right subreddit. The graph shows that most people on the subreddit are white, teenage male conservatives. Wil Wheaton, of Star Trek fame, made this comment about it:
Survey of /r/mensrights turns up pretty much exactly what you’d expect.
White, male, 17-20 years-old, and disconnected from reality.
Nice burn. Except when one actually reads the infographic it also says that these men are have no religion and support marijuana legalization, two very non-conservative things. A little digging revealed that the person who created the survey found that it did not go as planned. Rhumar writes:
My original plan with this survey was to submit the same survey to /r/Feminism, wait until the responses petered out, and then analyze and compare the data. This was not going to be used to prove anything, as there are many biases which could very well have an effect on responses, but rather it was an exercise simply conducted out of curiosity.
Unfortunately, it appears that the /r/MensRights survey was brigaded with bots, or maybe even some very dedicated trolls. Regardless, the results for the survey of this sub are clearly compromised. I apologize for the disappointment.
Here are the results of the /r/feminism survey. Frankly, I was going to make my own nice result graphics but the whole brigading thing has left me disappointed with a lack of motivation for this thing anymore. I fixed the “issues” graphic though. [link]
Factors which could potentially cause bias in the responses include, but are not limited to:
Survey was not a random sample (data may not be representative of the sub as a whole)
Possibility of individuals completing survey with the intent to skew the data
What people would possibly want to skew the results of an anonymous survey about r/mensrights in order to make men’s rights activists look bad? Continue reading