Sunday, March 11, 2007

It'll grow hair on your palms, but you won't be able to see the hair because you'll be blind!

An interesting take on a recent book that relates to college-life, teenagers and young adulthood. The issue at hand is the "hook-up culture." I simply point your attention to the article author's insightful comments differentiating "case studies" and other types of research, and the lack of generalizability for the case studies:

Some of (the author's) analysis is supported by students' testimonies, but, as with all anecdotal journalism, one detects self-selection and data contamination at work. One problem is that (the author) cites no longitudinal work on the subject—these girls are still in college—which means a lot of predictive doom and gloom with little to buttress it.

A student interviewed makes an interesting point:

"If there's one thing that I know about adults, it's that they pounce on adolescent sexuality with zeal"

First posted at Psyche Killer qu'est que c'est on 2/20/07

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