Infographics seems to be all the rage, and I enjoy them as much as anyone. But rather than take the information at face value, I feel it’s a good practice to first examine the authoring organization, and question their stake in the implied conclusion(s).
This one offers an interesting look at the use of technology and how it ultimately impacts the academic performance, behaviors, and even the mental state of teens who are the heaviest users of technology and the Internet. The author of this information is an online education company.
At first glance, it seems plausible. However, I have a difficult time believing that teens who are avid texters have better reading, writing, spelling, and grammar skills than those who don’t. This would be a a great statistic for a cellular retailer to show a parent, but I bet if you polled high school English teachers, you’d get an entirely different story. (I have no data to support this, just a lot of personal experience.)
I’m curious as to whether information presented in an entertaining graphic format tends to make it more believable to the reader than it is if appearing in simple text. Eager to get your thoughts on this.
Courtesy of: Online Schools