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Blog #7 – Processed Meat and Cancer

November 2, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This study, published by the World Health Organization, shows that excessive amounts of processed and red meats lead to an increased risk of cancer.
  2. The study was done by 22 scientists from 10 countries, who met to analyze the properties of processed and grilled meats, as well as red meats. They also looked back at different studies done on general populations around the world to link the relationship of certain meats and cancer.
  3. Does this mean humans should stop eating meat completely? Is there an amount that we can eat and not have a higher risk for cancer? How does this affect the respect given to certain animal rights organizations, such as PETA?
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Blog #6 – Empathy and Self-Awareness

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. MU researchers found that people who are not self-aware are less likely to feel empathy towards other individuals.
  2. To find this data, researchers at the university interviewed 31 individuals with traumatic brain injury about empathy. They also gave 20 of the participants MRI scans and also looked back at already established research.
  3. What does this research mean for brain trauma therapy? How does it affect those that are dealing with loved ones with brain trauma? What makes it relevant?
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Blog #5 – Education and Immigration

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. Studies show that 41% of immigrants to the US from the past 5 years have completed at least a bachelor’s degree. In 1970, only 20% had this kind of education upon arrival.
  2. The study was conducted by Pew Research looking into US census data from 1970-2000 and 2013.
  3. How could the absence of illegal immigrants in the study affect the data? Why are there more educated people immigrating to the US than in past years?
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Blog #4 – Teens and Online Dating

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This article discusses how more and more, teens are using social media to find a romantic partner. 8% of all American teens have met their romantic partner online.
  2. This research was conducted via online surveys of teens aged 13-17 on one occasion of research, and via in person focus groups on a second occasion in order to get more results. The sample size totaled 1060 teens.
  3. Why are teens turning more to online dating than meeting at school or a social gathering? How does this affect relationships between young people as a whole?
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Blog #3 – Social Media Usage Among Adults

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment

  1. This article analyzed demographic characteristics among adults on five major social media platforms: Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. While most of the research came out to young adults (18-29) being the majority users of each platform, LinkedIn had more users that were middle aged adults (30-49).
  2. PewResearch conducted this study by surveying 1907 Americans over the age of 18.
  3. A question I have is, why is LinkedIn used more by middle aged adults than young adults? Also, why is it those who make more money that use LinkedIn over those with a lower salary?
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News Through Social Media – Blog Post #2

September 14, 2015 1 comment
  1. I chose this post particularly because I think it is amazing how people have turned away from traditional forms of media for their news. Instead of TV or newspaper to get their daily news, they turn to Twitter or Facebook instead.
  2. The research was done by PewResearch using surveys of 2035 adults, and they also used data from other research where it was relevent.
  3. A question I have regarding the article might be, why do you think Americans are turning to social media instead of traditional forms of media for their news outlets? What age group is using social media for their news the most?


Blog #1: VMA Tweet Data

August 31, 2015 2 comments
  1. This article talks about the 2015 MTV VMAs being the most tweeted about event since Nielsen Ratings began tracking tweets in 2011. I chose to share this tweet because it relates old media to new media and shows how much of an impact young audiences can have on ratings when looking at social media.
  2. The research used in this twitter article were tracked real time during the VMAs by Nielsen Social.
  3. A question I have about this article is, why does this make a difference, and how can looking at social media affect how ratings for TV shows are produced?


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