November 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

It’s important to remember that, no matter how valid a statement may be, once it is in the media, the public will do with it what they want. Pesak et al., in “Facebook and academic performance: reconciling a media sensation with data,” attempt to “set the record straight”  in terms of the potential relationship between facebook use and grade point averages. Although they claim that Karpinski’s results are highly unlikely and that, in actuality, the two variables have little if any association with one another, Karpinski argues that Pesak. et al.’s study is not without its own flaws. According to Karpinski, the media completely sensationalized a relationship that he was merely trying to share at a conference, and that given Pesak et al.’s bold claims, we should hold their study to far higher standards than we had his.


My question… Whose fault is it? Is Karpinski responsible for instilling the validity of this relationship in the minds of individuals or is the media responsible? And if the media is responsible, are there ways to display study without sensationalizing it?



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  1. I feel like both Karpinski and the media are responsible for this – it is hard to put it just on one of them, because one doesn’t really “succeed” without the other.

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