So, I caught sight of a thread on Facebook making a particular point. It was delicate subject, and I don’t know the people involved, so I didn’t want to intervene, but let’s all be very clear on something:
You cannot personally witness that a statistic is either true or false.
That is because when speaking of the experience of literally thousands of people across a large swath of the country, your own personal experience and those you have direct knowledge of probably does not amount to a significant factor.
Honestly, I tend to be skeptical of statistics in general, and think they’re way over used in modern discourse, but the way to dispute them is not to say “I have experienced that this is / is not so,” because nobody on Earth has the experience “1 in 3 people are involved in a serious car crash.”