The impact of technology on lifestyle is evident in American Society. Industrial growth

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Nov 25, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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T
he impact of technology on life
style is evident in American Society.

Industrial growth
has
influenced
communication and
transportation. However
, these advances allow society to
develop
a
heavy reliance on technology
. T
echnology made manual jobs easier and

decrease the
amount of physical activity.

Some believe that this decreased
physical
activity

technology has
created

is responsible for obesity.
This study will
examine
the relationship between media
consumption
and its contribution to American obesity

for

adults looking for expiations to their
weight problems
.


A

comparison is necessary to understand how access to technology

varies among nations
.
Figure

one
show
s

how

the amount of activity
o
n
social media website
s

varies

in different
countries.

Countries t
hat have more wealth tend to have more social media usage.
The United
States is ranked as the highest social media user, with a total of 142,000 hits

every six hours
according to Blog.nielsen.com
. Comparing that number
to Italy, Germany and France t
he
diff
erence is

enormous.
For most

people
, these numbers solidify

the relationship between media
usage and obesity
.

However,

a
n opposing view can be argued
with t
he

aid of the second ch
art
.

Figure two

depicts

the
obesity rates of
the
ten countries

from Figure on
e
. Noticeably the
lar
gest

circle is

the U.S., which shows that
31.8 perc
ent of Americans are
obese

according to the
world health organization.

These statics
makes it

easy to put the

blame
on the

social
media for
American obesity
. Lo
oking closer at
both cha
rts
, it is clear that Japan has a relative
ly

high
amount of media
usage
yet
,

manages

to
have lower

obesity

rate
s
.

It is hard to blame
social
media
as the
cause
of
American

obesity
,
especially, since the Japanese have managed to maintain a
lower obesity rat
e
.

Americans should

examine the life
-
style of
foreign
nations and try to make
changes to preserve physical health.

Ultimately,
Americans
should emulate the life
-
style of
Japanese

culture
.

Making a
cultural shift, encouraging exercise will
inevitability

de
crease obesity
.
Obesity is
a
serious
issue
that
needs to be

addressed
.

Adults that are concerned about their health can study Japanese
culture to find what foods allow for healthier lifestyles. Promoting

healthy living
will not only
decrease
the obese popu
lation

now but change the future
.







References

1.

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/global/led
-
by
-
facebook
-
t
witter
-
global
-
time
-
spent
-
on
-
social
-
media
-
sites
-
up
-
82
-
year
-
over
-
year/

2.

http://gamapserver.who.int/gho/interactive_charts/ncd/risk_factors/overwei
ght_obesity/at
las.html



Figure One

http://www
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958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/visualizations/global
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social
-
network
-
user
-
popu
lat
-
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Figure Two

http://www
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958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/visualizations/countries
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and
-
percent
-
of
-
obesity
-
i


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Comments

Information represented in the visual is clear
and easy to interpret: 25



The ethical question raised by the visua
l is
clear and appropriate for the project: 15


This gets very confusing. You sort of
contradict yourself

by saying that obesity is
linked to and not linked to social media usage.
What is really interesting to me about this
image is that the US has a signi
ficantly higher
amount of social media usage, but a
comparable amount of obesity in relation to
most of the other industrialized countries. For
example, Germany has a difference of 114K in
terms of social media users, but only a 10%
difference in obesity.
So what the real question
is, is what is Japan doing differently that
America could/should be doing?

Strategic, rhetorical decision for the use of
information and design is clearly articulated:
20



Document is free of surface e
rrors and
grammatical issu
es: 13



Audience for the p
roject is clearly identified: 5


You don’t really identify an audience
specifically.

Source material is identified and is approp
riate
for the visual/project: 0


Do you include references? I don’t see them.


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