Here’s a game you can play at home. All you need is a search engine. Take a Jonathan Leake science story with a dramatic headline. For example, Facebook fans do worse in exams. Then do a search on the headline. You win if you can find complaints by scientists that their research was misrepresented by Leake. Like this.
However, researchers Aryn Karpinski, a doctoral student in education at Ohio State, and Adam Duberstein, an academic adviser at Ohio Dominican University, didn’t examine the influence of Facebook on grades. Facebook may be a symptom of a big procrastination habit, not a cause. …
The researchers say they, too, were troubled by some of the coverage. Ms. Karpinski and Earle Holland, Ohio State’s assistant vice president for research communications, criticized a report from the Sunday Times of London (also owned by News Corp.) that attributed to the study the finding that “the website is damaging students’ academic performance,” which “will confirm the worst fears of parents and teachers.”
In fact, the Ohio State study cautioned, “It cannot be stated if Facebook use causes a student to study less hours per week or have a lower GPA.”
Try the game, it’s fun!