Annotation 2

Madden, Marry, and Amanda Lenhart. “Teens and Distracted Driving: Major Findings.” Pew Research Center Internet Science Tech RSS. N.p., 2009. Web. 11 Nov. 2016.

Article Annotation:

In this article, “Teens and Distracted Driving: Major Findings,” By Mary Madden and Amanda Lenhart, it is discussed the ages at which the majority of teens have their first cell phone as well as the percentile of teens who text and drive and are passengers of peers who text and drive. It states that 75% of American teens ages 12-17 have cell phones. out of this 75%, 66% of them text and receive messages daily. Older teens are more likely to have cell phones, from 16 onward, and 34% of American teens have admitted to texting while driving. Oddly enough texting while driving is less exercised then calling while driving, with a 52 percentile of American teens ages 16- 17 admitting to talking on the phone while driving. This relates to my topic of texting and driving fatalities among teens in the U.S. because as you can see, a large amount of teens exercise not only texting and driving but phone calls while driving throughout the United States.

Data Visualization Critique:

The first thing i saw while observing this data visualization is a bunch of boxes, and some where colored in while others were not. Most were primarily colored in, indicating a large percentage of data was being recorded using this chart. I liked the idea of using a box chart because it is fairly straight forward, in which 100 boxes are presented, and each box represented 1%. What i did not like was the lack of labeling within the chart showing which boxes represented what, as well as what colors represented which topic as more data began to be in the chart. I wish i saw more labeling, to eliminate my confusion. I also wish i saw a box chart that resembled the amount of these teens recorded who crashed due to their distracted driving whether it was due to texting or calling. Those are two things i would change with this data visualization as well as more distinct colors so you get a real cut and dry visualization of the data being discussed in the article.

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2 responses to “Annotation 2

  1. The annotation covered what seemed to be the main points of the article. It has key information, like the other comment said I would cite or quote the percentages. I agree that the graph is something very straightforward like you said.

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  2. I think that your article was very relevant to your topic. I think that you should have cited the percentages because they seem to be direct quotes. I was surprised that only 34% of teens admitted to texting and driving. I expected the percentage to be at about 50%. You did a good job summarizing the article. I think that the idea of a box chart seems pretty cool. I also agree that labels are a big part in helping the viewer interpret the graph.

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