Computers May Save Grandmothers
Eszter Hargittai may be on to something:
As Adams (1990) suggests a college Ã¢€œstudentÃ¢€™s grandmother is far more likely to die suddenly just before the student takes an exam, than at any other time of yearÃ¢€. IÃ¢€™ve been contemplating Ã¢€“ but have yet to conduct rigorous data-collection to test this hypothesis Ã¢€“ that perhaps the increasing importance of computers on university campuses may benefit the health of college studentsÃ¢€™ grandmothers. The number of crashes and other computer-related problems (Ã¢€œthe dog ate my computer and my roommateÃ¢€™s computer, tooÃ¢€) seems to be surprisingly high when projects are due.