Why we get so many things wrong…

I’m stealing this headline from an article in today’s Irish Times, dealing with a survey showing significant gaps between our perceptions and reality on issues such as the threat of COVID-19, the amount of young people living with their parents, and use of social media, to take three examples.

One reason posited for the latter example is that we overestimate the amount that people consume social media (usually done while out and about) because we can see it happening, but we underestimate the amount that people consume other media (usually done at home) because it’s not as visible to us.

I regularly write in this blog about a weekly Monday night gig that Seamie O’Dowd and I have played for almost 5 years now in Thomas Connolly’s. People who work 9-5 Mon-Fri were often disbelieving as I told them of the sizeable crowds that would be in (thanks Declan Harte for the pic).

Again because in their world they meet the other people who work 9-5 Mon-Fri (and hence probably wouldn’t go to a gig on a Monday night), whereas the others who work weekends, or are flexible and can take Tuesday morning off, or are retired (and hence would be quite happy to go to a gig on a Monday) aren’t as visible to them.

To a worm in horseradish, the whole world is horseradish. It doesn’t mean there isn’t a bigger world outside though.