Longer hours and less leisure: we're a nation of workaholics


The graphical representation is of interest in this article. A glance at the two side-by-side graphs would make it appear that the percentages of men and women working 49 hours or more were similar and increasing in a similar fashion. If anything the slope for women might appear a bit steeper. In fact, looking at the scales, which are presented on the right (rather than as usual on the left), we see that the scales are very different and start at different points. The dotted lines across the graph for men represent five percentage points, while corresponding dotted lines for women represent one percentage point.

Students should discover these anomalies and discuss their implications for the casual reader. Could there be a motive behind representing the data like this?


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