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Video Game Use Linked To Breast Feeding 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the intentionally-retarded-titles dept.
In order to demonstrate the ridiculousness of some recent studies which grabbed media headlines by claiming "links" between video games and all sorts of negative behavior (such as violence and the lower-quality relationships), Ars Technica's Ben Kuchera did an experiment of his own: "I started calling people I knew, and I asked if they had one or more video games in the house. Then I asked if they breast-fed their children. To my great shock, most answered 'yes' to both. One couple I contacted switched to formula after their child's birth, and told me that they didn't play video games. The data, based on my first round of calls, was conclusive: if you play video games, you are much more likely to breast-feed your children. You're probably ready to shoot five thousand holes in my argument. ... I did my job though, and you clicked on the headline." He goes on point out flaws in media reports and legislation involving such claims.
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Video Game Use Linked To Breast Feeding

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  • Re:Idiot (Score:5, Informative)

    by Crumplecorn (904797) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @06:45AM (#26707179)

    He's basically making the following claim: I can do a non-scientific survey and publish the results. Therefore, anyone publishing results must also be doing a non-scientific survey.

    Try RTFA.

    The claim he is making is that people publish results using correlation to imply causation just to get readers, with a nonsensical example to emphasise the point which, lo and behold, got people to read it.

    The problem is that, as someone said above, he is 'preaching to the converted'.

  • Re:faildot (Score:5, Informative)

    by cbiltcliffe (186293) on Tuesday February 03, 2009 @09:43AM (#26708291) Homepage Journal

    Whoosh.

    Everybody. Fucking WHOOSH!!

    It's not that there's a scientific link between breast feeding and video games. The author is making a sarcastic point about the ridiculousness of the studies, and the tenuousness of the link between video games and violence.

    Think, people.

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