This is an excellent piece of research by Pew. However, I would like to make a few observations. The quality of education has changed from millenials‘ grandparents’ day. I would argue that the quality of a bachelor degree has been diluted over the years. Sadly, a bachelor degree is worth more from an elitist ivy league school than a state college. Also consider standards of basic numeracy and English? Can today’s millennial graduates spell without the aid of a spell-check? In fifty years, there has been enormous improvement in education but in the developed world large quality challenges have become pervasive. Quality standards vary enormously – consider France or the UK, not just the US? There’s also the education establishment with their bureaucracy and unions, who are often putting their own interests before their students – their customers/clients in the wider world. No, it’s time for service quality standards to reach education. Thoughts?
Read the original in a highly cited new study has showing that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter. Researchers found that owning or walking a dog was one of the most effective ways to beat the usual decline in later-life activity, even combatting the effects of bad weather. Dog owners were sedentary for 30 minutes less per day, on average.
Whilst the results are intuitive, the study adds value in supporting the need for adults, especially older people, to get more excercize. However, this is only part of the story. It needs to be combined with a healthy diet and weight control, especially avoidance of obesity. Another factor is moderate consumption of alcohol. Additionally, in North America, the primary cause of death for the under fifties is now drug abuse, particularly opioids. If addicts can’t look after themselves, surely they should be excluded from having pets?
Regretably, too many families don’t give their dogs enough excercize – they’re too lazy or selfish to be dog owners really – they just want to dog’s affection or to put photos on facebook. Also the dog walking seems to go to the same family member, if at all. Why not have quality family time with the whole family and the dog?
It’s a shame that the mainstream media that’s citing this new resaerch are not putting in in a proper context.