Study Suggests iPods Directly Responsible for Rise in Violent Crime

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Unspeaked, Mar 5, 2008.

  1. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    I thought this was especially fitting with the recent post about being mugged for an iPhone.

    A study released this morning is suggesting a rise in violent crime that started in 2005/2006 directly corrolates to the rise in popularity of Apple's iPod music players.

    Here's a link to The Washington Post article:


  2. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006

    I'd suggest that any rise in crime* would correlate to the proliferation of small, valuable, portable electronics (Smartphones, GPS units, and PDAs of all brands -not just those branded "iPod").

    *If in fact there is a rise in crime in the first place:

    First, I'd argue there probably isn't any real rise in crime. Perhaps the number of crimes reported (because the victim loses something of value as opposed to a wallet or watch that may not be worth it to report) has increased.

    Even if there is a rise in crimes of this sort, it doesn't mean it has anything to do with iPods. Always remember this when looking a studies that "suggest" something: Correlation is not causation.

    That means that 2 events that happen at the same time (correlation) are not necessarily (or, one could argue, often) a result of each other (causation).

    After all, I could do a study that "suggests" a rise in crime correlates to an increased consumption of potato chips. Or that a rise in crude oil futures correlates to when I get haircuts.

    Edit after reading the article:

    The writer seems to cover some of my points in page 2 of that article... I must applaud that! Usually journalists run with the meaty implication of these studies, rather than look at them skeptically. By and large, this is a pretty well-balanced article.

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