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“British people like to avoid other Brits while abroad!” says exclusive villa company

National embarrassment news now, with the report in the Mirror that Brits abroad do all they can to avoid standing out:

More than HALF of Brits hide accents when abroad to avoid bad stereotypes

Listen in, mes amis, nearly un in dix of us admit using a fake accent while abroad to avoid idle chit chat with fellow British holidaymakers.

Embarrassed trippers pretend not to speak English and put on cod French, Spanish or German tones.

Source: Mirror, 15th June 2019

While the headline finding is the dubious claim that we Brits try to blend in when we are abroad, it’s actually a secondary stat that carries the main marketing message this PR was designed to convey:

Seven per cent ran off when they heard a fellow Brit and five per cent said they had hidden to avoid UK holidaymakers.

And 69 per cent said they would rather stay in a villa than a hotel, so they didn’t run the risk of meeting another Brit.

Who on earth would benefit from spreading the idea that Brits abroad will be much better off in a villa than in a hotel?

The poll was carried out on behalf of Exclusiveprivatevillas.com.

Of course it was.

“Your precious children are STILL unprotected online!” says internet security company. Again.

Internet security news from the Daily Mail now, with the revelation that kids online get access to things they shouldn’t:

Internet porn is seen by a tenth of children by the age of 10: Third have also seen violent scenes while online

More than 10 per cent of children have seen hardcore pornography on the internet by the age of just 10, research has found.

Shocking statistics by researchers at cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, found that 11 per cent of 10-year-olds had been exposed to porn on a device in their homes, either a mobile phone, tablet or home computer.

Source: Daily Mail, 10th February 2017

I would highlight what’s wrong with the stats in this research, and I’d highlight that it’s commissioned by an internet security firm (Kaspersky Labs) who have a vested interest in scaremonger, and I would point out that the lack of valid research methodology utterly undermines any finding you could draw from this data… except, I already did all of that, back in October.

Back then, it was a story in the Daily Mail about a survey of 1,000 kids aged 10-15, 11% of whom had seen pornography and 28% of whom had seen violence online. In fact, as far as I can tell, it’s precisely the same story. Which raises two possibilities:

  1. The Daily Mail ran the same press release from Kaspersky Labs twice, five months apart
  2. Kaspersky Labs released the same press release (or at least the same data) twice, five months apart

Either way, Kaspersky Labs got a double hit out of their data, and parents got a double-dose of scaremongering.