Rush to Judgment on Facebook?

The “exposé” on Facebook and supposed negative consequences for female teens who use it have certainly resulted in a firestorm of media coverage and now Congressional inquiry. The “studies” that are referenced by the Wall Street Journal in its series of articles seem quite damning and they have put Facebook into a seemingly indefensible position.

So, one thing to consider is the quality of those studies. And it turns out that not only is the quality quite poor but other observations suggest that they are in no way reproducible to any country outside the U.S.A. Regular readers of my blog know that I am no fan of Facebook’s business model.

Nonetheless, in the interest of the pursuit of facts, I would urge you to read this op ed from Dr. Chris Ferguson that appears in the Orlando Sentinel.

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/guest-commentary/os-op-facebook-research-screentime-flawed-20211004-weotjnc6zngdjb27ox3in3muw4-story.html

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Education: BFA in Painting & Sculpture from California College of the Arts (Oakland); Executive MBA in Executive Management from the Peter F. Drucker & Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University (Claremont); MA and PhD in Media Psychology from the Fielding Graduate University (Santa Barbara). Experience: Over 40 years experience in marketing, advertising, and public relations on the client and agency sides of the business; for-profit and nonprofit, as well as government. Special Expertise: The interface between human behavior and the media. It's all about "media in mind." View all posts by mediainmind

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