A pen pointing to some statistics

Some statistics about academics…


So the last couple of weeks, I used my Twitter Followers for some interesting polls. I tried to find interesting questions for academics and think I found some good ones. It is true, the sample is pretty low, but hey, this is just for fun! The interesting part is, that most of the people who follow me seem to have the same opinion. So here are some statistics about academics.

In front of your peers

The first poll I did was about how to behave in front of your peers. I personally always have the feeling, I am the only one in the room who doesn’t know what others are talking about. It seems to be quiet the opposite as it seems:

Interesting, so it seems I am by far not the only one in the room who doesn’t know. But these are social events. How about when you are in a job interview?

Nearly half of the people lie sometimes during interviews. That’s interesting! Fake it until you make it. A quarter of people are total honest at least. That is good to know.


I also struggled reading papers that are not exactly my field of study (until I learned how). So what I do usually is to read an article multiple times until I understand it. It seems that 2-3 times is normal. Some people seem to be extra smart and read their papers just once and I get it time-wise, but can they really understand it?

So I love books and I want to read them all, but do I really? Having looked at my personal bookshelves I have to say, that there are a certain amount of books that I bought but never opened. It also seems that I am not the only one:

So only 8% of academics have read their books completely. Most of the people have about 20% in their shelves not read and a third even more then 50%. It is interesting to see and I wonder what the reasons are? Maybe they are more collectors than readers or they get a lot of stuff they are not interested in? For me it is more a time issue. I want to read the books in my shelves, but never find the time.

So that’s it for now. I will continue sampling my followers as this might lead to interesting results. If you have questions you would be interested in, just let me know!



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Sebastian Hageneuer

Hi! My name is Sebastian. I am an archaeologist, a university lecturer, freelancer, guitarist, and father. You could say I am quiet busy, so I learned to manage my time and energy to build good habits and still have space for myself and my family. Sounds difficult? Read here how I do it. (Nearly) Every Friday.

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