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The Economy? Uh…What About it? (A Quick Survey of Peers)

Curious to see what some of my peers thought or knew about the current economic state, I interviewed 5 Chapman students to understand where their priorities lay.
I asked them the following questions:

  1. What do you know about the current state of the economy?
  2. On a scale of 1-5 (1 being none and 5 being intense) how interested are you in the state of the economy?
  3. What concerns you more (or less) than the economy?
  4. Age?
  5. Major?

Student #1 I asked was a 19 year old female studying Environmental Science. She said she knew the current state of the economy is bad but nothing else. She said she is only a 2 in terms of interest in the topic. Personally, she is more worried about the whole environment.

Student #2 was a 19 year old male majoring in Graphic Design. He said he knew nothing about the subject. His interest is a 3 in the topic and he said that he was concerned but not super interested in knowing more about it. He is more concerned about political rebellions going on in various countries.

Student #3 was a 20 year old female studying Graphic Design. She said she did not know much about the economy except for the job market being less stable than in past years. She knew that it is harder for people our age to enter the work force right out of college or high school now. She said her interest was a 3 since she said it would be good to be informed but wasn’t particularly interested in knowing every single detail about it. She is more concerned about environmental issues.

Student #4 was a 21 year old female finishing her degree in Graphic Design. She was informed by her professors that the economy is getting better, but some of her friends and family say otherwise. She ranked herself a 4 in terms of interest because she admitted being fearful of plans after graduation and whether she can get a job in her field of study now. However, she is more concerned about war and fears the possibility of it happening again.

Finally, Student #5 was a 20 year old male Film Production major. He knows from personal observation and news stories that the economy is pretty bad right now. He ranked himself a 3 on the interest of the issue and stated that he had some interest but not a burning desire to know more. He is more concerned about the upcoming elections.

Well, there you have it – a prime example of the news media, once again, filling our minds with stories of drama, destruction, and negativity. What happened to just telling the news as it was without bias or personal opinion or emotions attached?


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