I’m always amazed by the disconnect between what we see in the news and the reality of the world around us. As my late friend Hans Rosling would say, we must fight the fear instinct that distorts our perspective:
There's a big disconnect between what the media reports on & the reality for most of us Terrorism gets more than a third of coverage but is less than 0.01% of US deaths Google searches are actually much closer to reality than the media Our latest post:
What people die from, what they Google, and what the media covers. Our latest post:
. 1) Causes of deaths (US 2016) 2) Google searches (US 2004-2016) 3) Media coverage, NY Times (1999-2016) 4) Media coverage, The Guardian (1999-2016) Courtesy of - specifically via
What kills us? If you don't understand the cause, it's very hard to act effectively.
This week published an enlightening graph on the discordance of causes of death vs media coverage 1/n
Does the news reflect what we die from? - Our World in Data. “The media provides a near-instantaneous snapshot of single events; events that are, in most cases, negative. The persistent, large-scale trends of progress never make the headlines”.
Causes of Death in the US: What Americans die from, what they search on Google, and what the media reports on
Very insightful. Thanks for sharing. Next time, please 1) do not crop off the original source 2) appropriately tag the authors 3) link to the original for everyone else to explore further
A comparison of what people die from, and what causes of death the media reports on and we search for. There are instructive differences
This is the graphic in the post which averages the media coverage over the period 1999-2016 to compare over- and under-representation: (2)
Americans search on Google is a much closer reflection of what kills us than what is presented in the media
Causes of death in reality, news, and Google searches (in US)
"What's interesting is that Americans search on Google is a much closer reflection of what kills us than what is presented in the media." Fascinating by . (h/t: ).
Does the news reflect what we die from? Not really Do our actual google searches reflect what we die from? Well, better than the media at least (from , h/t )
This chart from at is fascinating. I'm a bit surprised to see drug overdoses so underrepresented (although the data is from 2016, and the opioid epidemic now gets more coverage).
Fascinating piece from for : Google search data is a much better reflection of actual causes of death in the US than media reporting.
So important: Does the news reflect what we die from?
Interesting chart that shows the gap between reality and reporting on American deaths. What Americans die from: Heart disease & cancer. What the media covers: Terrorism & homicide.
Causes of death that affect <1% of Americans grab >50% of the relevant media coverage. If you: 1) maintain a healthy weight 2) aren't sedentary 3) Get ~8 hours of sleep/night 4) avoid tobacco ...you should probably not dwell too much on impending doom.
"Media and its consumers are stuck in a reinforcing cycle...with a strong bias for outlier events. Most of us are left with a skewed perception of the world; we think the world is much worse than it is."
Here’s the full article
Background here: Does the news reflect what we die from? - Our World in Data
ICYMI: from "Does the news reflect what we die from?" (ANSWER - NO).
Does the news reflect what we die from?
Does the news reflect what we die from? - Our World in Data
Heart disease is the leading killer in the US but no one wants to talk about it. This will change. When that does, veganism will be in the spotlight 🌱🥕🥦🍅🍆🥬 Source: