First, will be okay...eventually...

I know, it all sounds impossible. But more people are going to college than ever. And while many of them are accumulating debt faster than Congress, you can still get through this without an impossible financial burden. Just remember, that there will likely be no single source of money, you will have to be realistic on selecting the right school, and your major means everything. So, relax and start the journey, one step at a time...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

INFOGRAPHIC: Facebook Doesn't Make You Stupid

Here's a great infographic on Facebook usage and college GPA, dismantling the previous claim in the media that Facebook makes you stupid. The headlines were based on a very small scale study by an Ohio State University researcher, who agreed that the headlines were way off-base (see the email from her at the bottom of this post).

This really is a discussion of one of my favorite topics - correlation vs. causation. Just because two things correlate ("Many Irish people have red hair" ) doesn't mean that there is a cause and effect relationship ("Having red hair causes Irishness). While she found correlation, she did not mean to imply causation, but the media jumped on the story.

So, it's ok - college students won't lower their GPA through Facebook use. So if you're paying a student's tuition, don't worry about Facebook being the problem. It's just another tool that they can use approriately or not, just like radio, TV, the Internet, and alcohol. Good luck.

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Infographic by College

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