No offense to those of you that do these, but Quizilla quizzes are hardly reliable or valid. I suppose that they _can_ be fun, but the statistician in me absolutely rebels at these things, thus ruining all the fun. I’ve tried running through a few over the last few months, and inevitably I end up just shaking my head and cringing a lot. The shuddering subsides after an hour or so. Honestly, who writes those questions, let alone thinks that they actually relate to the results they give? It’s painful to watch, so that’s why I usually steer clear of this type of social meme. Now, if they were designed to actually be valid and reliable, I think I might enjoy them more. But of course, it’s just your average Joe who sets them up, someone who generally knows little to nothing about survey design, so naturally the results are going to end up meaning bupkus.

But hey, don’t listen to me – I’m just a spoil-sport, anyway.

2 thoughts on “Quizilla”

  1. I don’t think they’re meant to be taken terribly seriously. If I believed all the results I saw, I would start thinking we all suffered from some sort of multiple-personality disorder. They can be amusing however.

  2. Hehe, yeah. It’s just that I find it interesting – when you start writing seriously and critiquing your own work, you find yourself critiquing things that others write all the time, too. Sometimes that actually takes away from the fun of reading. It’s kind of the same thing here, too – I find myself analyzing every survey and quiz I see now, analyzing it for reliability and validity. Most don’t meet the criteria for either one, so it tends to take away the fun of these kinds of things for me.

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