So what is BS Sociology? BS is a kind of sociology that seeks to “prove” various myths. These myths are used by politicians, journalists, and those in the public eye for their own political gain, and they generally don't hold up to scrutiny or challenge, or if they do, it is usually quickly discarded.
Unfortunately, a lot of this type of social research is used to “prove” that other countries are worse than America. In reality, there's no way that they can prove it. However, they tend to make statements such as that people in Europe and Japan are much more likely to commit suicide, drug abuse, rape, and murder, and all the while use this information to claim that these things are true in America. The fact is that the number of crimes committed in those countries is less, while the percentage of people who commit such crimes is higher, which doesn't mean that Americans have the most immoral population in the world, or anything like that.
What you have to realize is that in order to “prove” these types of things, you have to know a whole lot of facts and data about the particular issue that is being studied. And since there are so many ways that statistics can be manipulated and skewed, statistics cannot be proven and thus cannot be used to attack another person's ideas, beliefs, or values. Statistics cannot be proven because they are not actually facts, they are opinions, and can't be backed by any facts. That is why it is so important to read the articles carefully and learn about all of the facts before you start making claims.
For example, let's say that you are running for a school board, and someone in the political party's campaign makes a statement like; “The average child at our school has an IQ of 150, and many of them are doing really badly on standardized tests, and some are even expelled”. While that may be true, it is not something that can be backed up by facts. It is just opinion, which is not scientifically valid and therefore shouldn't be used to argue against the other person's ideas.
This is not to say that all of the statements made in political campaigns, and on the news, should be dismissed. Many people genuinely believe things about social issues and their place in society that are false and cannot be proven by any objective method, even though the other person may not realize it. This is because they are making a statement that they believe to be factual.
So, when someone tries to argue against a group of people based upon BS sociology, that person's opinion isn't necessarily . . . . . . false, but it can not be used against that person. Because it is not factually supported, and therefore is not something that they can prove with data and facts. Because it's just opinion, and not something that can be backed up or verified.
Unfortunately, this means that there are far too many politicians, journalists, and even some academics that try to use BS sociological studies to try to justify the positions of other people that they disagree with. The results, unfortunately, are very disappointing. They often claim to have “proved” something that is really not true, when in fact, they haven't.
We are all entitled to our opinions, but it is important to understand that they aren't always accurate, and that we need to exercise good judgment when making statements, especially in a field of social science. If you are a scientist, teacher, or a parent who wants to be sure you are taking the correct statements into account, then please follow this advice.