If your friends are getting pregnant, you're probably next

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  • Itsme2 SLC, UT
    June 4, 2014 9:48 a.m.

    Except when you have fertility issues and you can't get pregnant like everyone else seems to be able to do.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    June 4, 2014 9:27 a.m.


    most people don't understand the difference between causation and correlation. Some examples.

    The number of people drowning in a swimming pool correlates very closely with the number of films Nicolas Cage has stared in.

    Divorce rates in Maine correlate very closely with the per capita consumption of margarine.

    Look up spurious correlations to see more. It's pretty interesting some of the things that correlate with each other, but otherwise have no relationship with each other. A good lesson that we can often draw whatever conclusions we are wanting to, and we often see what we want to see in the data.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    June 4, 2014 8:50 a.m.

    I marvel at these DN articles showing indirect statistical correlations for otherwise random events. When it comes to pregnancy, there is only one cause and effect that correlates 100% of the time.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    June 4, 2014 8:13 a.m.

    This sounds like the kind of "research" they do at BYU. Another possible headline for this story, which is probably more accurate, is "chances are your friends are roughly your age".