The Evolution of Olympic Coverage [infographic]

July 19, 2012 |  by  |  Entertainment, Social Media, Sports  |  No Comments
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For me to say that I am excited for the Olympics is an understatement; I mean I am all over this event. I’m reading the sports section (a rare activity on my part), following my favorite athletes on Twitter, and liked them on Facebook. I’m obsessively following them in hopes of getting that much closer to being at the live event.

Thanks to social media, the 2012 Olympics have exploded. It’s on television, internet, and cereal boxes. It’s emotionally charged on every commercial I see. It’s everywhere I look! All the hype makes me more excited for the games each day. And with the opening ceremonies less than 10 days away, social media is pulling out its after burners, and promoting the Olympics with all of its might. Even though the latest coverage only seems to be on the negative side (London coming up short on security, Ralph Lauren manufacturing the Olympic uniforms in China), everyone will at least tune in to see if London will pull through.

Today’s infographic shows the evolution of Olympic coverage. Coverage of the Olympic Games has evolved from standard print to a booming business called social media. Thanks to social media, we can cover the Olympics at any time of any day. How will you cover the 2012 London Olympics? [via]

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The Highs and Lows of Cycle Safety [infographic]

July 18, 2012 |  by  |  Recreation  |  3 Comments
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Sharing the road with cyclists is a farely new concept to me. I didn’t see much of them growing up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but once I moved to a more bicycle friendly city for college, my eyes were open. A lot of my friends had bikes, a lot of my professors had bikes, that’s just how things go in Central Texas. But it wasn’t always so great being on bike. I’ve heard the horror stories of what can go wrong when people in control of motor vehicles aren’t as safe as the bicyclist.

According to the infographic, 80% of accidents occur in broad daylight and most are hit and runs. My mom would always say “I trust you, but not the people around you” whenever it was time for me to borrow the car and I think that’s the perfect mindset to have when you frequently ride your bike. The infographic also gives a few pointers on how to increase your level of safety when riding, which include wearing a helmet, lights, and reflectors.

Aside from the possible dangers that could stem from riding your bike, there are tremendous health effects. It’s a great way to burn calories and get back into the shape you desire. It can also help reduce the size of your carbon footprint. Take some time to read over this infographic. Maybe you’ll discover you were a bike person and didn’t even know it! [Via]

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July Infographic Idea Contest

July 17, 2012 |  by  |  Contests  |  No Comments
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The infographic idea submissions are in! We received so many ideas that we couldn’t pick one on our own, so we need you to choose! Click the image below to be taken to the voting website. The winning infographic idea will be designed and showcased here on Daily Infographic next month.

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Crime and Punishment [infographic]

July 17, 2012 |  by  |  Crime  |  4 Comments
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Crime is a large issue, regardless of what city you live in. High crime rates are obviously scary, but crime can strike anyone at any time, regardless of the statistics. Anyone can become one of those little figures in the equation. This infographic sites important information regarding crime, including how often homes get broken into (every three seconds) and how frequent various kinds of assaults occur (every 20 seconds for violent crime, every 35 seconds for aggravated assault.

While these facts are scary and a bit debilitating, the infographic also sites ways to stay on top of crime. Families need to stay protected. Knowing where your children are is a key component to safety. Have a trusting relationship with your child, be prepared for disasters and communicate safety concerns to your children.

Infographers, how do you keep your children safe? [Via]

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The Psychology of Gambling [infographic]

July 16, 2012 |  by  |  Gaming, Health  |  No Comments
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I write this post being a 22 year old who has yet to take advantage of the ability to gamble. Although I wasn’t of age when I last went to Las Vegas I can definitely say I still enjoyed it. There is no doubt that city is great and has rightfully earned its slogan “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” It’s not hard to see why people get addicted to gambling, you’re around fun people, an awesome environment, oh and ever so often you when a ton of money. Emphasis on ever so often, that still seems a little generous. If it is so hard to win why is that people continue to gamble so often?

Well for one it’s the rush, you are taking a chance and if you lose it’ll suck but if you manage to win, you can win a pretty hefty amount of dough. If you’d like to get all sciency then you can blame dopamine for the exciting and addictive qualities of gambling. Dopamine for those of you who are don’t know is a chemical in your brain which when released causes the sensation of pleasure. Remember all those times you’ve wanted to quit but have almost win and decide to try again because you were so close? Well for that we have our Nucleus Accumbens to blame, being activated by near misses and wins. [via]

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The Psychology of Gambling

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