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Blog 7: Americans see U.S. losing ground against mental illness, prescription drug abuse

November 9, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article explains how some people in the U.S. feel about the progress taken towards different diseases and mental illnesses. The article found that more than half Americans (54%) felt that the nation was making progress against cancer. The article also found that only 16% felt that that progress was being made on  prescription drug abuse and 19% felt that there was progress on mental health.
  2. The majority of this data was collected from a survey conducted by Pew Research Center on October 30th through November 6th 3013. There was also secondary data collected from the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food & Drug Administration.
  3. My question is why do so little Americans feel like mental health is not making any progress in this country, do they think that it is not prioritized?

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Blog 6: This state is the meth lab capital of America

October 26, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This tweet/ article talks about why Missouri is considered the meth capital in America. I chose it because the numbers were surprising and I had no idea the State I currently reside in had so many drug labs for meth.
  2. The data int his article is mostly secondary data from the Drug Enforcement Administration since they keep records of these incidents. The data showed that Missouri had 3108 drug labs discovered. Some data also came from a survey conducted by the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2012 and 2013 and found that 595000 people admitted to using meth in the previous 30 days while in 2012 4400000 admitted to using meth. This shows that more people admitted to using meth over that past year.
  3. One question I have about this data is about meth labs that are not discovered. Would Missouri still be number one if all labs were somehow discovered or is Missouri doing a worst job at not getting discovered than other places?

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Blog 5: Five Facts About Today’s College Graduates

October 19, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. This article looks at some statistics on college graduation. One of the info graphs showed how it was becoming more difficult for new college graduates to find good jobs compared to the past. The article also found that private institutions had higher graduation rate compared to public ones. One of the most interesting info graphs to me was the one that reflected the growing income gap between people with and without a college degree. I thought this article was appealing because I am currently a senior and will hopefully be graduating in May. This is something I am going to be affected by and I think it is helpful to be aware of those statistics.
  2. The data in this article consists of secondary data retrieved from a previous Pew Research report,  U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. labor Statistics and a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  3. One question I have about this data is why do most grads think college is worth it? I think the debt is problematic and I think the opposite.
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Blog 4: How Americans Use Twitter for News

October 7, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. I decided to share this article because it showed how some americans are engaging with news on twitter. According to the article nearly two thirds of American adults who use Twitter get news on the platformI was interested in this research because I tend to use twitter as a good source for receiving my news.
  2. 176 Twitter users from an earlier national survey of 3,212 Americans gave permission toy Pew Research to analyze their activity. 6538 tweets were examined in 4 randomly selected weeks between August 2014 and February 2015.
  3. 1 question I have about this data is some other possible news topics that could have been examined apart from common news topics. For example with the social issues news.

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Blog # 3: Online Harassment

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment
  1. I shared this tweet because it shows some interesting data on harassment. Age and gender affect the experience of online harassment where young adults age 18-29, are more likely to experience online harassment.
  2. The data from this research are from survey questions conducted between May 30th 2014 – June 30th 2015 by Pew Research Center.first survey devoted to the subject, two distinct but overlapping categories of online harassment occur to internet users. The first set of experiences is somewhat less severe: it includes name-calling and embarrassment. It is a layer of annoyance so common that those who see or experience it say they often ignore it. The second category of harassment targets a smaller segment of the online public, but involves more severe experiences such as being the target of physical threats, harassment over a sustained period of time, stalking, and sexual harassment.
  3. One question I have about this data is a possible reason men receive more physical threats than women. Is it because of certain stereotypes like having to be a macho man?

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Blog 2: Cost of iPhones

September 11, 2015 1 comment
  1. I decided to share this tweet because the difference in the amount of money spent by Apple to create the iPhone compared to the price was surprising. When looking at the value of the phones int he apple store this reflects a a huge difference that means they must be making a significant profit. I was interest int he 5s because own one. The statistics show that it cost apple about 181, and i ended up paying about $650 about 2 years ago.
  2. This data in this  was received from Bank of America Merrill Lynch recorded from 2013- 2015.
  3. 1 question I have about this data is the amount of money the cellphone carriers pay per phone. I think that would be interesting to know to see all the transactions that lead to profit for apple and the cellphone providers as a result of the huge consumer market.

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Blog 1: Gun Violence in the US Compared to other Developed Countries

August 27, 2015 1 comment
  1. I decided to share this tweet because it highlighted a huge problem we have here with gun violence. It shows that the US has the most homicide by firearms per million people wen compared to other developed countries.
  2. The data in this tweet/article is pulled from United Nations data collected by Guardian’s Simon Rogers.
  3. One question I have about this data is why Australia has such a low homicide rate by gun violence What are they doing better than us?

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