The Data Examiner 04/23/2023

The Data Examiner – (Notable) Remarks:

** The idea that earbuds are more damaging to hearing than other headphone types is just false, said Cory Portnuff, an audiologist at the University of Colorado Hospital. “The misconception stems from the thought that, because an earbud sits farther into your ear, it would do more damage than something that sits farther away.” —- Hannah Seo

** Taylor Swift was quite the romantic when she burst on the scene in 2006. She sang about the ecstasies of young love and the heartbreak of it. But her mood has hardened as her star has risen. Her excellent new album, “Midnights,” plays upon a string of negative emotions – anxiety, restlessness, exhaustion and occasionally anger. “I don’t dress for women,” she sings at one point, “I don’t dress for men/Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge.” It turns out Swift is part of a larger trend. The researchers Charlotte Brand, Alberto Acerbi and Alex Mesoudi analyzed more than 150,000 pop songs released between 1965 and 2015. Over that time, the appearance of the word “love” in top-100 hits roughly halved. Meanwhile, the number of times such songs contained negative emotion words, like “hate” rose sharply. —- David Brooks

** It seems to me that a “three-strikes”-type approach to repeat offending is a start. Maybe the right number of strikes isn’t three. Perhaps it’s five. What is clear, however, is that more has to be done to set and enforce stringent limits on repeated criminal offending. —- Rafael A. Mangual, Head of research for the Manhattan Institute’s Policing and Public Safety Initiative, Author of Criminal (In)Justice: What the Push for Decarceration and Depolicing Gets Wrong and Who It Hurts Most

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** Women made up almost 14% of professional drivers in 2022, according to Women In Trucking, up from just 7.9% in 2018.

** Women have been joining the trucking industry at higher rates not just for driving roles, as women in dispatcher and safety roles both top 40%.

** Associations like Women In Trucking work to increase the rate of women drivers, technicians and executives, particularly younger women or those switching careers.

The Data Examiner – Lens:

Jack Nicholson has been seen for the first time in 18 months, hanging out on the balcony of his Mullholland Drive compound in Beverly Hills.

The Data Examiner – Watch:

** How stretching changes your muscles. WATCH

** What makes this frog’s tongue so fast and sticky? WATCH

** … and interviewing animals with a tiny mic. WATCH

The Data Examiner:

France Vs. Social Media Dishonesty

France is cracking down on influencers, taking aim at everything from crypto scams to filters. A proposed bill defines influencers as people who use their celebrity to promote goods, services, or causes in digital content in exchange for compensation. Basically, anyone from Kim K. to that Instagram lifestyle guru whose positive vibe is all thanks to this particular brand of essential oils.

If passed, it would: Require influencers disclose paid content. Ban paid promotion of cosmetic surgery and some financial products, including crypto. Require influencers to label photos and videos where their faces or bodies have been manipulated by filters or editing. Add banners to content promoting anything risky, such as gambling. If passed … violators of France’s bill would face six months of jail and a $328k fine. That sounds intense, but the bill asserts that yes, influencing is a real job and should be held to the same standards as other media or advertisers.

But wait, why filters? We’re not talking about puppy dog ears or … whatever is happening here. We’re talking about tools that promote unrealistic body types and beauty standards. Studies have found young social media users’ mental health and self-esteem is negatively impacted when they can’t look like influencers – who often achieve those looks via filters, photo editing, and cosmetic procedures. In 2019, The Guardian reported on “Snapchat dysmorphia,” a term coined by cosmetic doctor Tijion Esho to refer to people who want procedures to look like their filtered selfies. Norway passed a similar photo-editing law in 2021, though experts worry such regulations don’t address the root cause of body image issues, draw more attention to manipulated photos, and encourage people to go to greater lengths (e.g., surgery, extreme diets) to achieve desired looks.


** Teen overdose deaths have doubled in three years, an alarming trend amid a historic decline in drug and alcohol use among high school students.

** The main reason is fentanyl. Teens consume the powerful opioid unwittingly, packaged in counterfeit pills tailored to resemble less potent prescription medications. Drug traffickers lace pills with fentanyl to boost the black-market high. Dangerously addictive, fentanyl can be lethal, especially to children experimenting with drugs.

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