Computers May Save Grandmothers

Eszter Hargittai may be on to something:

As Adams (1990) suggests a college “student’s grandmother is far more likely to die suddenly just before the student takes an exam, than at any other time of yearâ€. I’ve been contemplating — but have yet to conduct rigorous data-collection to test this hypothesis — that perhaps the increasing importance of computers on university campuses may benefit the health of college students’ grandmothers. The number of crashes and other computer-related problems (“the dog ate my computer and my roommate’s computer, tooâ€) seems to be surprisingly high when projects are due.


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