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Old 08-20-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Paris
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Criteria is everything. When you google this subject the results are all over the place! For example, a "study/survey" I read not too long ago had St. Louis as the happiest, on your map it seems to be in the bottom third...
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:27 PM
 
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And what, exactly, were those "metrics?" I think that was the point.
I am sure that they list the criteria they used. I haven't looked. And I am sure they could have used other criteria for "happiness" as well.

It is a list based on chosen criteria, and I am sure they did a fine job ranking locations based on the criteria they chose. Just because some lists suck and used crappy criteria doesn't mean that everything in list form can be debunked based on crappy lists...
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Lol, because your personal experience completely overrides the metrics they used.


I don't believe the article says ANY place has a populace that is 100% unhappy. It says some, based on certain metrics, are happier than others... not that much of a wild claim.
LOL! Why are you saying 100%? That wasn't even implied.

Of course I am using my personal experience just as everyone they polled asking about their happiness to get their "metrics" must have referenced their personal experience of happiness. How else would they come to their "scientific" conclusions; tickle people to see who laughs the hardest in each city?
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:09 PM
 
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According to many Seattle people, the happiest people are in Seattle and the unhappiest people are everywhere else.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:27 PM
 
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LOL! Why are you saying 100%? That wasn't even implied.

Of course I am using my personal experience just as everyone they polled asking about their happiness to get their "metrics" must have referenced their personal experience of happiness. How else would they come to their "scientific" conclusions; tickle people to see who laughs the hardest in each city?


You called the list "silly" and used your happiness for justification for doing so. The list can be completely accurate and your happiness level is irrelevant.
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Old 08-20-2014, 06:03 PM
 
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People who are criticizing the list are making one of three claims:

1. People are the same amount of happy everywhere.
2. The people doing the survey used the wrong criteria.
3. The people doing the survey interpreted the responses wrong.

The best part is that people make the claim that the list must be wrong, and then ask in later posts what the criteria is... One can assume that these people think all ranked lists are wrong by virtue of being ranked lists... or they don't like the results.
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Old 08-21-2014, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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People who are criticizing the list are making one of three claims:

1. People are the same amount of happy everywhere.
2. The people doing the survey used the wrong criteria.
3. The people doing the survey interpreted the responses wrong.

The best part is that people make the claim that the list must be wrong, and then ask in later posts what the criteria is... One can assume that these people think all ranked lists are wrong by virtue of being ranked lists... or they don't like the results.
NO, people are asking WHAT the criteria even IS. You are simply babbling for no reason in particular. Find the metrics (which do not even seem to exist) and we can have a meaningful conversation about their "findings"; until then, there is no more legitimacy to it than something I threw together in 5 minutes.
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Old 08-21-2014, 03:04 PM
 
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NO, people are asking WHAT the criteria even IS. You are simply babbling for no reason in particular. Find the metrics (which do not even seem to exist) and we can have a meaningful conversation about their "findings"; until then, there is no more legitimacy to it than something I threw together in 5 minutes.
READ THE ARTICLE!

Jesus.

They link to the Harvard study it is based on, they explain the criteria if you have even the most basic knowledge of how Google works, you can find all this stuff. Instead you complain. That is it.


You are the one who is babbling for no reason. (Or you don't know how to use the internet...)
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