Some studies are nothing more that fishing expeditions. Here’s an example: One Girl. The Status of Girls in Central Ohio.
This is the question making local headlines (from page 13):
Question: If you could make a group that was JUST FOR GIRLS what do you think girls would want to talk about??? (Put an X next to all the interesting topics)
Here is one of the possible responses:
____ Bullying & Girl Drama
Now that’s a survey question with headline potential.
Taking the bait, the local paper drops the “& Girl Drama” and runs with this headline, “Survey of girls reveals pressures: Fifth- through 12th-graders deal with friends, boys, body image, bullying.”
Admittedly, the paper appears to recognize that “drama” is a really a catchall that includes, in a general sense, every other possible response. So it should recognize that it overinflated the bullying issue with its minor redaction.
But why not rewrite the response to read, “____ Keynesian Economics & Girl Drama.”
Then we could have read, “Survey of girls reveals pressures: Fifth- through 12th-graders deal with friends, boys, body image, Keynesian Economics.”
It all depends on who is asking the question and the responses they want to hear.