Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Blog # 7- U.S. Attitudes About Physician Assisted Suicide

  1. This post shows that American’s attitudes and opinions about physician assisted suicide is changing. 68% of U.S. adults say that it should be permitted and 28% think it should not be. Those that think that it should be permitted have increased 10% in the past year and 17% in the past two years. I thought this article was interesting because it also showed that despite the above percentages, 56% of Americans think that physician assisted suicide is morally acceptable and 37% think that it is morally wrong. Also, 8 in 10 young adults between the ages of 18 and 34 favor these laws. This article also showed that those that are religiously unaffiliated are twice as likely to favor these laws as those who are religiously affiliated.
  2. This data was found through a survey conducted by Gallup, a company that conducts public opinion polls. In the survey, participants were asked if they thought that a doctor should be allowed to assist a patient in suicide if the patient has a painful and incurable disease, and then if they thought that this was morally acceptable. Participants have been asked the same questions since 1997 and the answers were compared to get the presented data. The age, race, religion, as well as different situations in which assisted suicide might be permissible where also asked of the participants in order to find answers for the rest of the data.
  3. How many people took part in this survey? Also, since this survey was conducted in May, could these number have changed since California legalized physician assisted suicide in September?
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Blog #6- Painkiller Use and Hospitalization in Missouri

  1. This post shows that the use of painkillers in Missouri has exponentially risen in the past decade. The use of painkillers such as Percocet, Vicodin and Oxycontin has increased 137 percent from 2005 to 2015. I chose this post because I found the data interesting and surprising. It was interesting that the article also said that the rate of use in St. Louis has increased 162 percent in the past 10 years. Also, the rate of use in Missouri is extremely higher than the average national rate but is leveling off.
  2. This study was conducted the Missouri Hospital Association and the Hospital Industry Data Institute. They found the data through secondary sources such as hospital inpatient and outpatient discharge databases and the Nielson-Claritas 2014 Popfacts Premier which is an overview of the demographics, populations, and census information. They compared how many people had been hospitalized for use of painkillers in respect to their zip codes.
  3. I wonder how HIPPA interfered with this study and what difficulties they had obtaining the confidential patient information. Also, I think that they should have changed the way that they framed and worded this study. They are almost misleading by titling the study ” Painkiller Abuse Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. It should have been titled, “Hospital Admissions due to Painkiller Use Has Soared in Missouri in the Last Decade”. By leaving out the fact that the study was based off of those that had been admitted, not all people using, it skews the information.
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Blog Post #5- Average College Student Spends $1,200 on Books

1.) This article shows the average amount that college students spend on textbook each year. It found that the average amount is $1,200 which has grown 82% in the last 10 years. I chose this post because it is something that I have personally experienced. I also found it interesting that the amount spent each year has grown exponentially.

2.) This study was conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group through the use of surveys. Two thousand students were surveyed from 33 states and 156 different campuses. From what was shown in the article, it looks as though they asked questions about how much they spend on average per year on books, how much their tuition is, if they attend a university or a community college, if the cost of textbooks had every stopped them from buying them, and if so, if they were concerned that this might effect their grades.

3.) This article included links to articles such as “8 Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks” and “How to Find Cheap College Textbooks”. This made me wonder if this study was skewed in a way that might have caused participants to answer questions in the ways that researchers wanted them to, or if the articles were placed there after they found their results.


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Blog #4- Social Media Use Today

1. This post shows the state of social media so far in 2015. It shows the most popular social networking sites, what platforms they are using to access these sites, and how marketers are using these sites. I though it was interesting because social media marketing is becoming more prevalent and necessary as times change. Also, this topic and the research questions involved we similar, on a larger scale, to those that my research group will be addressing.

2. This study used Global Web Index, a software platform that allows researchers and marketers to collect online data and statistics on a targeted audience. They also used SimilarWeb, a platform that tracks traffic and engagement of different sites. Lastly, they used Smart Insights, a marketing strategy and advice sight, for information on how marketers utilize social media.

3. At the bottom of this infographic, SimilarWeb and Smart Insights are both advertised. I wondered if this could have lead to biased information that might be trying to persuade those reading the study to use these platforms.

Blog Post #4 Social Media Rise

October 5, 2015 1 comment


The tweet I shared talks about the correlation between twitter and television ratings. It seems that twitter is in fact helping the ratings a lot, due to younger audiences social media impact. 

The research was collected by analyzing tweets about live TV of various age groups. This data was analyzed and put into multiple groups to categorizes the information further. 

I have a few questions on this research collected: 

  1. What live TV programs did you look into? Where they a large enough variety to encompass multiple cultures?
  2. Do they believe this data will continue the way it is as social medias popularity increases? Or will there be a decline?
  3. How did they determine the age group of twitter users?



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Blog 3: The 5 Biggest Social Media Trends of 2015

September 25, 2015 Leave a comment

The 5 Biggest #SocialMedia Trends of 2015 [Infographic]

— Xavier López (@xalfaro74) September 25, 2015


  1. This infographic is from and shows the 5 biggest social media trends in 2015. I chose this article because, arguably, social media is at it’s most popular right now and the tech savvy people can know what trends to follow.
  2. According to the infographic the information was found by Mary Meeker (a social media examiner) and Kleiner Perkins Claufield & Byers, while being attained from MDG Advertising. It looks like they take information from surveys of people who visit these sites/apps or get information directly from the source (e.g. Mark Zuckerberg)
  3. One question I had was how reliable was all the information attained from this source? Some of the figures in the messaging section seem off to me.


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Blog Post #3- Airbnb Uses and Users

September 25, 2015 2 comments



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