Convert to being a Cat Lady!

I have decided to fact check an article titled “Why it pays to be a Cat Lady: Studies show female cat owners benefit the most from having a pet.” from the website PetMD.com. This article was posted this year, on February 28th. This article really caught my attention because I am such an animal lover and I own a cat myself so I am curious to why it benefits females so much. I found this article by searching “recent study” on Google. A lot of animal articles popped up but this one really stood out to me for some reason. Google must have taken my search history to pick out articles that I would be the most interested in.

After clicking on the link from Google, it brought me to PetMD.com and it showed me the original post. My first thoughts on this website were a little skeptical, it did not look like the most trustworthy site especially because I have never heard of it before. “Cat Lady” is a stereotypical term for ladies who think they are going to be single for the rest of their lives and will have a ton of cats instead of a husband. They typically substitute cats for other humans in their lives to fill that void. The first thing I noticed when entering this website was a picture of a lady holding a cat with a definition of a “cat lady” underneath it. Then below the definition of a “cat lady” PetMD stated, “Recent studies have shown that people, especially women over the age of 50, benefit greatly from owning pets. Cats even prove to be more beneficial than dogs, though that may have to do with the personality of these cat lovers. Cats have been shown to improve the lives of their care takers, even improving the physical and mental health of their owners.” (Feduik) This statement really stood out to me because I have always thought that dogs were more beneficial than cats because they are more personable, they constantly need attention by their owners and can be trained to do almost anything.

After reading these claims, I Googled the author Natasha Feduik and I found out that she posted a lot of articles about animals on PetMD. Also, I found out that she is a licensed veterinary technician with Garden City Park Animal Hospital in New York. After researching her, I researched the website that this claim came from, and I came across a site called sitejabber.com. The audience/consumers of this website rated PetMD a 4.5/5 which is a pretty good rating. Also, multiple people wrote reviews on their website and after reading the majority of them I came to the assumption that this a very reputable company who provide valuable information to their viewers.

So you all are probably wondering, why do woman benefit from cat ownership? After reading the paragraph under that specific title, I clicked on a link attached to the words “Their quiet down time” and it brought me to a website called colby.edu titled “Age differences in personality traits from 10 to 65: Big five domains and facets in large cross-sectional sample.” To sum up the 18-page article they talked a lot about how personality differs within different age groups and different personality domains. Then I went back to the original article and clicked on the other link in the paragraph that was attached to the words “National Institutions of Health” and it brought me to an article on the website Ncbi.gov and it states that age is one of the most important factors of changes in energy metabolism.

It is clinically proven that cats improve people’s health, especially in women. Feduik states that it is proven that there is a decrease in risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease or stroke when a woman over the age of 50 owns a cat. Attached to that sentence their was another link, after clicking on it, it brought me to a website on Springer.com. The website came to the conclusion that owning a cat rather than a dog was significantly associated with a reduced hazard of dying from CVD events, in particular, stroke. The protection pets confer may not be from physical activities, but possibly due to personality of the pet owners or stress-relieving effects of animal companionship. I wanted to find out more about this website since I have never heard of it so I went into Google and searched “reviews on springer.com” Nothing really came up other then an “About Us” page on Springer’s website. They state “Springer is a leading global scientific, technical and medical portfolio, providing researchers in academia, scientific institutions and corporate R&D departments with quality content through innovative information, products and services.” I also found out that Springer sits alongside other trusted brands like Nature research, BioMed Central, and Palgrave Macmillan, however, I do not know much about those sites either. With that being said I Googled one of the websites, “BioMed Central” to see how reliable that is and just like Springer only the about us page came up. They stated “BMC has an evolving portfolio of some 300 peer-reviewed journals, sharing discoveries from research communities in science, technology, engineering and medicine. In 1999 we made high quality research open to everyone who needed to access it – and in making the open access model sustainable, we changed the world of academic publishing.

Even though I had my doubts in the beginning of my search, after going up stream to fact check this article I now believe that this source is very credible. Lets be real, a happy cat means a happy life. After reviewing this article and the other articles attached to it, I came to the conclusion that this article seems very dependable and authentic. They had a lot of sources to back up and support their facts and the author of it seems reliable. Well to conclude this post, if you want to live a longer, happier life convert to being a cat lady!

[Draft] Nothing Wrong with being a Cat Lady!

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I have decided to fact check an article titled “Why it pays to be a Cat Lady: Studies show female cat owners benefit the most from having a pet.” from the website PetMD.com. This article was posted this year, on February 28th. This article really caught my attention because I am such an animal lover and I own a cat myself so I am curious to why it benefits females so much. I found this article by searching “recent study” on google. A lot of animal articles popped up but this one really stood out to me for some reason. Google must have taken my search history to pick out articles that I would be interested in.

After clicking on the link from google it brought me to PetMD.com and it showed me the post. Cat Lady is a stereotypical term for ladies who think they are going to be single for the rest of their lives and will have a ton of cats instead of a husband. They typically substitute cats for other humans in their lives. The first thing I noticed when entering this website was a picture of a lady holding a cat with a definition of a “cat lady” underneath it. Then underneath it they stated “Recent studies have shown that people, especially women over the age of 50, benefit greatly from owning pets. Cats even prove more beneficial than dogs, though that may have to do with the personality of these cat lovers. Cats have been shown to improve the lives of their care takers, even improving the physical and mental health of their owners.” (Feduik)

After this I googled the author Natasha Feduik and I found that she posted a lot of articles about animals on PetMD. She seems to be a known writer on this website and her audience seems to love her.

So why do woman benefit from cat ownership? After reading the paragraph under that title I clicked on a link attached to the words “their quiet down time” and it brought me to a website called colby.edu titled “Age differences in personality traits from 10 to 65: Big five domains and facets in large cross-sectional sample.” To sum up the 18 page article they talked a lot about how personality differs within different age groups and different personality domains. Then I went back to the original article and clicked on the other link in the paragraph that was attached to the words “National Institutions of Health” and it brought me to an article on the website Ncbi.gov and it states that Age is one of the most important factor of changes in energy metabolism.”

It is clinically proven that cats are clinically proven to improve people’s health, especially women. Feduik states that it is proven that their is a decrease in risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease or stroke when a woman over the age of 50 owns a cat. and attached to that sentence their was another link. After clicking on it, it brought me to a website on Springer.com and the website came to the conclusion that Owning a cat rather than a dog was significantly associated with a reduced hazard of dying from CVD events, in particular, stroke. The protection pets confer may not be from physical activities, but possibly due to personality of the pet owners or stress-relieving effects of animal companionship.

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Lets be real, a happy cat means a happy life. After reviewing this article and the other articles attached to it, I came to the conclusion that this article seems very reliable. They had a lot of sources to back up and support their facts. Well to conclude this post, if you want to live a longer, happier life convert to being a cat lady!

 

3 Possible Articles to Fact Check!

1. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Migraines?

This article came from the website Procon.org and I found this article really interesting so I thought it would be interesting to find out whether this treatment is true or notA. The only bad thing about this article is that there is not many links to go off of within the article. Everyone has at least had a migraine once in their life which makes this article really relatable to the audience. 

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2. Standing too much at work may be even worse for your health than sitting.

This article came from the website Today and there was many links connected to this article. This will allow me to go upstream so that I will be able to fact check it. This is an article that we all relate to because most jobs require you to stand for the majority of the work day. Today is a pretty reliable source so I am very interested in finding out the results.

 

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3. Why it pays to be a cat lady: Studies shows female cat owners benefit the most from having a pet.

This article came from PetMD.com and it has gone completely viral. I believe that this is such a good article to fact check because there is so much information and links within the article to go off of. I never heard of this site so I am not to sure how reliable the source is but it will definitely be interesting to find out the results. I am curious to find out why this only benefits female cat owners and not male cat owners.

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Cracking the Peanut Code

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Usda.gov states that “Cracking the Peanut Allergy – USDA Program Provides Doctors a Way to Help Children.” This article was posted on September 27, 2017 by Carl Purvis.

After googling “recent studies” in the news tab, this was one of the top results that came up for me. The internet is funny though because if anyone else typed in that phrase then they would get different articles popping up for them.

The peanut allergy is one of the most common allergies out there so it would be awesome and reassuring to know if this article is real or not.

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After reviewing this article, I tried to find out where this article originated from so I clicked on the link in the article that led me to the National Peanut Board (NPB) which brought me to an article titled “Researcher may have found a cure for the peanut allergy.

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Then I went back to the original page and clicked on the link for (leap) learning early about peanut allergy. This site talks about how to prevent the allergy in a child. It is a controlled clinical trial designed and conducted by the (ITN)

Next, I googled “Cracking the Peanut allergy” and not much came up other then original article that I got it from. The rest of the news that popped up were way outdated. Then I went on google scholar hoping to find another article on this topic but instead I found more outdated articles. Michael Caulfield’s Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers says “anything over 1 is good” and I couldn’t even find 1 so this article is not looking to promising.

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After doing all of my research, I am struggling in determining whether this article was true or not. The original website had a ton of links connected to their article to try and back up their information This makes me feel like this article is true but the fact that when you try to google other articles on it nothing comes up which causes me to slightly doubt this article. Lets just cross our fingers and hope that this article about “Cracking the Peanut allergy is accurate.

 

Blog Post #4: What is YOUR filter bubble?

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Filter bubbles are everywhere and they result from personalized searches when a website selectively guesses what information their users would like based on search history and past click-behaviors within the website. It is a simple concept, different articles serve different purposes and they all try to portray a specific message to their audience. Looking at articles across conservative, liberal, and mainstream news sources, I was surprised to see how many different stories were covered. Americans are divided in everything they do, including on how they get their news. Liberals tend to seek out the liberal sources while conservatives read sites that are addressed to them and the rest tent read more mainstream articles.

However, I noticed a common theme between the three bubbles, a lot of the cover stories had to do with Trump and politics or past presidents. I noticed that the liberal and conservative groups were heavily political based while the mainstream group was multiple different topics. The liberal and conservative articles also talk about what Jimmy Kimmel said on his show. “Jimmy Kimmel Attacks Fox News Host in Rant against Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill” The liberals agree with what Jimmy said on his show while the conservatives strongly disagree with it.

One thing that I learned these past weeks was to not believe everything that you read. It is important to read laterally and to fact check articles that you see.

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In my opinion I believe that the most credible sources are the mainstream sources because they do not seem to be as bias as the other sources. I feel like the liberal and conservative groups were not reliable news sources, they try to make you agree with their specific political affiliation. They don’t seem to pick sides; they tend to just throw out their opinions on each side. However, all of these sources provide readers with different views of the world in ways that they want to hear it. I have discovered that I have been living in a filter bubble because I was very unaware of the major biases within each bubble.

Fact-Check #3 Fox News

It is so important that the world today is getting accurate, credible information about the current events happening all around us. How do we truly know that our favorite News channels are giving accurate stories? How do we truly know if Fox News a credible source or not? Fox News has been around for a long time now and it does not have the “best” reputation to producing accurate stories.

I started off fact checking fox news by going on Wikipedia to see what people have to say about it. Fox News Channel has been accused of biased reporting, and promoting the Republican Party, and critics have cited the channel as detrimental to the integrity of news overall. The network has also been accused of permitting sexual harassment and racial discrimination by on-air hosts, executives, and employees, paying out millions of dollars in legal settlements. The company is currently under federal investigation for its harassment settlements and other alleged misconduct. However, Fox News employees have responded that news reporting operates independently of its opinion and commentary programming, and have denied bias in news reporting. Four years ago, YouTube states that Fox News was considered the “Least trusted name in News” They state that “A new Public Policy Poll finds that overall Fox News’ credibility is on the decline, but “When it comes to asking Americans which single outlet they trust the most and least out of the ones we polled on, Fox News once again wins both honors.” Next, I went on the website Politifact and it shows a graph that consumers believe that 10% of what they report is true and 30% of what they say is true. Finally, I ended my fact check journey by going on a debate website and the results show that 46% of viewers say that this is an accurate news source but 54% say it is in fact an inaccurate source.

 

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After Fact Checking Fox News, I came to the conclusion that it is not the most reliable source. Most of the viewers that do watch this news channel are around the age frame of 60+. Younger viewers do not rely on this News channel to produce accurate news to them. However this doesn’t necessarily mean that fox news is always inaccurate with the stories they report, but it does mean that you cannot trust everything that comes from this specific source.

Fact Check #2 Outrage as a well-known rapper ‘lynches’ small white child in music video.

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While on Ruzzit.com I found this very disturbing article about rapper XXXTentacion titled “Outranged as well-known rapper lynches small white child in music video. After reading this unsettling title I was intrigued to see what the details behind this article entailed. After clicking on the link from Ruzzit it brought me to foxnews.com where they explained that the video “Look At Me!” debuted on Tuesday and features imagery depicting police brutality, violent protests, and the 19-year-old Florida-based rapper placing a white child’s head in a noose on stage in front of a crowded theater and then hoisting him up into the air. The child’s feet are shown dangling and twitching and then they suddenly stop. Personally after watching this video, I do not understand how they found a parent who agreed and supported having their young child’s head in a noose. The casting director, LaShawnna Stanley said the mother who finally agreed “was serious about acting and the message. The mother of the son is very serious about acting. She’s a stage mom. She has three sons and takes them to LA to audition. She understood the vision.” I then tried finding out what this mother’s name was and why she chose to let her child act in this specific music video but sadly I couldn’t find anything.

However, thoughts about this music video was trending all over social media including Twitter. Twitter users were tweeting about how outraged they were. One user tweeted “Yea thats cool but why “hang” a white kid like wtf he’s talking about slavery like it was 1800 it doesn’t exist anymore.” Like I get it, the director and artist had a vision and the little white and black boy are supposed to represent innocence and that society has become desensitized seeing black men hung and shot, but the imagery of a white child being hung is shocking. Yeah they might not of meant any harm by hanging this innocent white child but they still shouldn’t have done that. There is a million other ways they could have explained their “message” or “vision” to their viewers without hanging a young child, whether it be black or white. All in all, after fact checking the article about this music video, it happens to be true because I first hand watched the video myself and I saw the child being hung.

 

 

 

Fact Check #1 Trump Donates $100k to Department of Education.

Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 10.25.13 AM.pngWhile scrolling through my Twitter Feed I saw that one my friends retweeted a tweet from NBC News titled Trump donates his 2nd quarter salary $100,000 to the Department of Education and underneath the tweet their was a video attached from a couple weeks ago. I am pretty sure that this tweet is true because there is a blue check mark next to it so it is “twitter verified.” I tried to fact check this tweet on Factcheck.org but no articles came up, so I tried googling it next and a ton of articles popped up about this news article. Washingtonpost, NPR, CNN, NBc, MSNBC, The Hill, FOX News, CNS News, plus many more websites all posted about this specific event. Since it is a trending article and many reliable sites have posted about it then this article must be true.