When You'll Probably Die, Visualised

When You'll Probably Die, Visualized

You've already found out how you might die — but when's it going to happen? This visualisation of data from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention should give you a better idea. Created by Nathan Yau from Flowing Data, the interactive visualisation takes your sex, race and age, then simulates how things might play out for the rest of your life — or what there is left of it. Yau explains how it works:

Each dot represents one of your simulated lives, and as each year passes, more of your simulated selves pass away. Colour corresponds to cause of death, and the bars on the right keep track of the cumulative percentages. By the end, you're left with the chances that you will die of each cause.

Shift age to the older years, and let the simulations run. You're much more likely to die of a disease rather than something external. Shift past 80 years, and it's over 40 per cent chance the cause will be circulatory, regardless of demographic group.

So what are you waiting for? Find out when you might die according to data.

[Flowing Data]

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    Circulatory system failure (i.e. heart attack) followed closely by cancer. Got to love the western diet ;)

    I set it to black male. It was basically "External causes" all the way up to 100+

    Fucking cancer bruhhhh. If I get cancer I want it to be like dear old Lemmy. Finds out on the the 26th Dec and dies on the 28th. I don't want a long painful expensive struggle for me and the fam.
    I watched my uncle deteriorate from an extremely aggressive lymphoma from November 2014 to his passing in July 2015. He suffered vision loss, heavy confusion episodes, a hell of a lot of pain and there were times when he couldn't even think of peoples' names. It was heartbreaking as he was perfectly fine in November and became an almost lifeless body by the end of it. He was probably the best role model I've ever had and he was a role model for many kids in scouts across the country. Not sure where I'm going with this but screw cancer.

    The best way to die is to go to sleep and forget to wake up. That is to say, a long mortality followed by a very short morbidity. That's how I'm going...

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