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.
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.