Truth-O-Meter: Draft

  1. “McDonald’s is taking the “happy” out of Happy Meals

This article talks about how McDonald’s will be making major changes in their Happy Meals. It is stated in the article that, “By 2022, cheeseburgers won’t be part of the menu for the kids’ meals, although parents can still ask for them. The main choices will be hamburgers and four- and six-piece Chicken McNuggets. And the French fry sizes will be smaller. Bottled water will be added to Happy Meals later this year, and chocolate milk will come with less sugar. McDonald’s also pledged to serve more fruits, vegetables and grains.” Some people have mixed feelings about this, while some people don’t seem to really care because they prefer going to other fast food places like Wendy’s.


2. American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults

This article talks about how teenagers are the most stressed group of people, especially compared to adults. It is stated that people who are,  “18-33, were the country’s most-stressed generation.” Then it provides a survey that teenagers took about their stress. It also provides that “30 percent of teens feel sad or depressed as a result of stress, and 36 percent report feeling tired or fatigued because of stress.” I want to focus my upstreaming on how stress conflicts with depression.


3. Science Says Your Pet Is Good For Your Mental Health

This article talks about how 95 percent of families think their pets as their family member as well. Then it lists different animals and how they aid to people’s mental health. For example, horse “grooming a horse and leading one around a pen have been shown to reduce PTSD symptoms in children and adolescents.” A couple of researches have been done in the past where “children who struggle with reading read aloud to a trained dog and handler, they show fewer anxiety symptoms.”



[Final] Truth-O-Meter: Teenagers are more stressed than ever before?

Something I strongly believe everyone has these days is.. stress! Most of the time, stress can’t be avoided because everyone goes through different moments in their lives that triggers them negatively. However, I believe that teenagers are impacted way more by stress than any other group of people. I thought of this because I wondered when I started to become stressed. Although I can’t specifically remember the exact age or date of when I first experienced stress, I remember that it was somewhere in middle school.

When I searched up “definition of stress” on, one of the definitions it provided me was:

“a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”

After reading the definition, I was concerned about how many teenagers in the United States or within a community actually experience stress, so I did my research.

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On, I began my research by typing “teenagers and stress” believing I would come across an article, blog, or anything that would give me factual information. While scrolling through google, I found one Huffington Post website that could guide me to upstream.




Before I did any kind of research on my topic, I wanted some background knowledge on Huffingtonpost in general. On wikipedia, it states Huffingtonpost, “is a liberal American news and opinion website and blog that has both localized and international editions. It was founded in 2005 by Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington, Kenneth Lerer, and Jonah Peretti. The shit offers news, satire, blogs, and original content and covers politics business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interest, and local news.”

It is clear to see Huffingtonpost publishes different genres so people can have access to their interest. However, it is important to notice that not only does it publish American news, a lot of posts can be opinion based; therefore, it is always important to keep in mind that it cannot be completely reliable.

When I looked on the Huffingtonpost website, one of the first things I’ve noticed was a video.

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In the video, a news anchor was interviewing a doctor from the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America who researched teenagers who were under stress. During this interview, the researcher shared the results of what the association had discovered for the past few years.

Also, while carefully reading the Huffingtonpost, whenever a claim was made, there is always a source that they hyperlink to. To make sure, I went to click on the hyperlinks to see if they were sources that seemed reliable.

All of the hyperlinks were connected to websites that provided authentic research; however, there was one that took me to another Huffingtonpost. At first, I was a little skeptical because I was earlier informed that Huffingtonposts’ can be opinion based, but as I started to examine, it surely did provide hyperlinks to authentic research as well. To conclude, I thought it was fair to claim that even though it lead me to another Huffingtonpost, as long as I was brought to another research based website, it was reliable.

On “American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults” Huffingtonpost, it was stated that, “teens who don’t get enough sleep are four times as likely as well-rested teens to develop major depressive disorder.” This claim provided a hyperlink to a research based article called, “Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression.”

I’ve decided to go upstream on this hyperlink because I thought it would be a good idea to discuss their credibility as well. By doing this, I also believe if their credibility is authentic, then it would give a greater chance for the Huffingtonpost to hold its credibility as well.

On “Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression.” , there was a hyperlink that read, “Robert Roberts.”

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I chose this hyperlink because I thought it would be a good idea to do some research on a person that can be seen credible. Therefore, I clicked the hyperlink, but it didn’t provide me any information about Robert Roberts at all. Then, I went onto and searched “Robert Roberts behavioral scientist.” I ended up choosing the second website believing that I would get information.

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While looking through Robert Roberts profile, I found that he completed seven projects and is a part of 13870 citations which give evidence that he is reliable because he was able to participate in these sources.

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Having the chance to go upstream through hyperlinks and through web research helped me obtain a lot of information about this topic. It also helped me figure out if each source was reliable. Hyperlinking and doing research has definitely helped me prove that Huffingtonpost’s post, “American Teens Are Even More Stressed Than Adults,” “Less Sleep, More Time Online Raise Risk For Teen Depression,” and Robert Roberts are definitely reliable and they do contain factual information.