“What you see in the news and what you see online is all very misleading,” said Dr. John Sommers, a co-author of the study.
“But there’s something really, really disturbing about what people are doing in their own homes and in their families.”
In the study, participants were given the choice of either viewing an infographic that had graphs on their television or looking at the infographic for themselves.
The infographic showed a graph that showed that the United States was the largest net importer of goods and services, with China being the second largest.
The graph showed that American workers are less productive than their Chinese counterparts, and that workers in the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia are the most productive in the world.
It also said that the U.S. is a net exporter of jobs and that Chinese workers are doing less well than American workers.
It didn’t specify whether the graph had been manipulated.
In response to the infographic, the researchers found that the participants viewed the graph more negatively than they would if it had been on a website or an infographic.
That may seem counterintuitive because it’s easier to view something you like on a smartphone than on a desktop computer.
But when they viewed the infographic directly on a computer, the participants were more likely to see the infographic as misleading, as they viewed it more negatively.
“When you’re reading the headline, you don’t want to get angry, you want to see what it’s about,” said Sommer, who co-authored the study with colleagues from Northwestern University, University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University.
“The only way to tell whether it’s true is to see it.”
Sommest says that while the study is not directly comparing apples to apples, it does suggest that people who view their own data in a negative way tend to be less positive about their own situation.
The study, which was published online in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science, has some limitations, including that it only looked at one year, which may have left out a lot of data from a longer period of time.
“It’s a very short time frame, and we’re still exploring it, and I don’t know how much it will be able to tell us,” said Andrew Hodge, a professor of economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who studies social and economic change.
Hodge said that one of the most interesting aspects of the research is that it’s not just that the infographic made people more likely or less likely to view the infographic in a positive light.
“What we see here is that these negative perceptions are linked to these negative emotions and emotions about how you feel about yourself,” Hodge told ABC News.
“You’re also more likely if you’re feeling anxious or depressed to watch the infographic.”
Another limitation is that the survey was only taken from 2008 to 2012.
It’s possible that the results could be biased.
In the past, studies have shown that people with lower levels of trustworthiness tend to see their own emotional reactions as less trustworthy.
“There is a correlation between what people believe about themselves and how they react to others,” Hirsch said.
Somm said that it may be that people are more likely than others to feel angry, and thus they are more motivated to look for a way to blame someone else, such as their family, friends or the person who created the infographic.
In any case, the study shows that when it comes to emotions, there is still a way of looking at things, he said.
“I don’t think you can ignore that this is a complex and nuanced topic that’s important to be informed,” Sommes said.
The researchers say that the takeaway is that if you see things in a way that you find distressing or upsetting, it’s worth looking at why that might be.
And when people do, they tend to show more compassion, empathy and compassion for others.
“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, I’m going to just blame somebody,’ and I would say that’s not the best way to go,” Sompers said.
That said, the infographic has been around for years, and people have been looking for ways to make it better.
So the next time you see a misleading infographic on your TV, or when you’re watching your friends, it may behoove you to not only watch the graphic yourself, but to also ask yourself: How would that look on a person’s face?
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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