Jorden Gemuend – Week 13

November 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Posted in Weekly Responses | Leave a comment

In their study “Facebook and Academic Performance: Reconciling a Media Sensation with Data,” Pasek et al. attempt to discredit and “set the record straight” for a draft manuscript that implied Facebook and lower grades are correlated. Karpinski, author of the draft manuscript, writes a response to Pasek et al.’s study in which she attempts to discredit it while defending her own. From both articles, educated scientists are in disagreement with each other and are using scientific processes, data, and arguments to combat each other. From this ensuing debate, it becomes clear that when science is in disagreement, the public, media, or even undergraduate educated people are going to fall short of understanding the conversation.

Therefore, my question is, what can we do in light of being educated about the disconnect between science and public opinion?

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