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Submission + - Facebook Users Get Lower Grades in College 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "According to a survey of college students Facebook users have lower overall grades than non-users. The study by Aryn Karpinski, an education researcher at Ohio State University, found that Facebook user GPAs are in the 3.0 to 3.5 range on average, compared to 3.5 to 4.0 for non-users and that Facebook users also studied anywhere from one to five hours per week, compared to non-users who studied 11 to 15 or more hours per week. Karpinski emphasized that correlation does not equal causation and that the grades association could be caused by something else. "I'm just saying that there's some kind of relationship there, and there's many third variables that need to be studied." One hypothesis is that students who spend more time enjoying themselves rather than studying might tend to latch onto the nearest distraction, such as Facebook or that students who use the social networking site might also spend more time on other non-studying activities such as sports or music. "It may be that if it wasn't for Facebook, some students would still find other ways to avoid studying, and would still get lower grades. But perhaps the lower GPAs could actually be because students are spending too much time socializing online." As for herself, Karpinski said she doesn't have a Facebook account, although the co-author of the study does. "For me, I think Facebook is a huge distraction.""

Comment Re:What's in that paper? (Score 2, Funny) 571

Fresca has always been marketed as a "caloria-free soft drink", hence it never had sugar in the first place.

I never heard that word before so I did a Google search on it. What I found disturbed me a lot. Does it mean that my Dr. Pepper has a sorts of sea slugs in them?

Then I realized it was a spelling error and hit myself on the head.

Comment Why not just trade with Richard Branson (Score 2, Insightful) 41

NASA is a very closed system. You don't just "get" to become an astronaut because you want to. It's a long and involved project.

What surprises me is that we haven't seen foreign nations with a fair amount of intellectual capital but without a real space program attempt like types of trade with private space endeavors. It could eventually work out to being on a smaller scale, and could promote a more international, global interest in space.

Comment Re:Why MS cant compete effectively (Score 3, Informative) 115

Or, a different way to put it: MS has difficulty because they operate under the assumption that end users will like what they produce, while Google is successful producing things that their end users will like. Rather than saying "This is what you should expect the Internet to be like", Google simplifies things and is more customer driven.

Comment Re:Experiments like these... (Score 1) 323

Becasue a species must watch out for themselves first.

That's exactly why we need to develop weapons like the ones mentioned in the article. Don't think for a second that dolphins don't hate humanity. We passively and innocently shoot some sonar in the water and hours later the sea creatures are fruitlessly attempting a land invasion. No attempts to communicate, no negotiate peace. Just throw themselves on our beaches to try to take a chunk out of us. Thank goodness that's all they've ever gotten.

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