Stop Staring at Your Facebook Profile: It Could Be Making You Stupid | TIME.com

Posted: June 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

A new study finds that gazing at your own profile boosts self-esteem, but makes you mentally lazy

Dr. Pamela Rutledge‘s insight:

Shame on Time for a headline that sensationalizes and misrepresents the results of a study.   As the article notes, the results of any single study, no matter how well done, should be taken with a grain of salt.  It is only one study among many and there are other methodological considerations that might be a factor.  However, suggesting such intellectual restraint using Abrams’ clever, yet flippant, remark to suggest the possibility of alternative explanations actually has the opposite effect and plays right into people’s fears of new technologies.  
 

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