A Thousand Ways to Die

Presented By: Julia Fallert, Katryna Remy, Michelle Oh, Nicole Banks, & Jen Barrett

Period 3

Hypothesis:

Men and women over the age of 40 would rather die peacefully as opposed to younger men and women who would rather die in an adventurous way.



Introduction:

Have you ever wondered about what it would be like if everyone got to choose the way their life ended? How would you want to go? Would you be one of the 450 people each year that die from falling out of their bed, or would you rather contribute to the 1,379,400 people who die in hospitals every year? With approximately 7 people dying every minute in the United States, it is a part of human nature that cannot be avoided. American's culture makes us seem more like risk takers than other people who may play things on the safe side, I mean we consider jumping out of planes fun. Does this show in our answers to the question of how we would prefer to die? Even within our group the opinions on how each of us would want to go greatly differed, it made us question does gender have anything to do with our preferences? Is it age? Or is it just strictly based on an individual’s experience with death?



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Survey:


To test our hypothesis, we asked a total of 100 American people (25 males 40+, 25 females 40+, 25 males under 40, 25 females under 40) if they would like to die peacefully or in an adventurous way. These are the 4 questions we asked them:

1. What gender are you?

2. Are you under or over 40 years of age?

3. Would you rather die in a peaceful way or in an adventurous way?

4. How would you like to die? Explain.


Results:


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Peacefully

Doing something adventurous

Male

10 people

15 people

Female

13 people

12 people


How people OVER age of 40 want to die.


Peacefully

Doing something adventurous

Male

16 people

9 people

Female

20 people

5 people


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40% of males under 40 want to die peacefully.

60% of males under 40 want to die doing something adventurous.

52% of females under 40 want to die peacefully.

48% of females under 40 want to die doing something adventurous.


64% of males over 40 want to die peacefully.

36% of males over 40 want to die doing something adventurous.

80% of females over 40 want to die peacefully.

20% of females over 40 want to die doing something adventurous.

While reviewing these surveys, we came across numerous answers about how people want to die. Almost everyone who responded with "peacefully" wanted to either die in their sleep or from natural causes. However, the "adventurous" responses were a little more interesting. For example, a lot of people want to die doing something they love such as hiking, others answered with "sky diving with no parachute" or "backpacking and getting attacked by a mountain lion" and even "being struck by lightning at the age of 111".



Conclusion:


After our survey of 100 Americans we found that our hypothesis concluded to be true that younger men and women under 40 would rather die doing something adventurous and those over 40 would prefer to die peacefully. We had some crazy answers on the specific ways people would like to die. But we also had many answers that involved dying of old age while sleeping. We discovered that the feelings towards the question of how we would like to die differed between the age groups. Men and women under the age of 40 were more eager to take the survey. Those over the age of 40 looked at the question of their demise in a sorrowful way. The idea of death seems so much farther away for young men and women that they tend to look at their death in an unrealistic way. Those who have lived a longer life have given thought to everything that comes with death including family, pain, money, and wills. As for the genders we found that most men in general wanted to die in an adventurous way while more women wanted to die peacefully. We all know that there is an end to our lives, but given the choice we all have different answers for how we would prefer to go. Our culture as Americans comes into play by how we are adventuorous and like to experience the world. We base a lot of our decisions on the motto "you only live once" and we live by impulse which hightens the chance of dying today. As the younger men and women grow older they may find that their answers have changed. The question itself intrigues us all, how would you like to die?

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