Thursday, March 25, 2010
Something which popped into my mind earlier today when I was browsing on Goodreads is grade inflation. And I don't mean the academic kind (though I really wouldn't mind if someone pumped some air into my chem grade o.O). Goodreads has this nifty little stat on everyone's profile that says what their average rating is. Mine is 3.40, which is fine considering 3.00 is about average. In my boredom I began to hop through my friend's profile's and look at their stats and I began to see a trend. Not only was the average "average" rating well over 3.00, but most were over 4.00, and even 4.50! I know everyone has their own way of rating a book, but come on, is every book really that good? What's so wrong with rating a book as average?