Good read: 10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

First there was a column “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.” by  Cris Rowan. Now there is an answer by David Kleeman, Glenda Revelle, Associate Professor, University of Arkansas, and Jessica Taylor Piotrowski, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Children, Adolescents, and the Media at the University of Amsterdam, with additional contributions from members of the Children and Media Professionals group on Facebook: 10 reasons why we need research literacy, not scare columns.

These are the 10 reasons, check the explanations for each reason here:

1. First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? 

2. Correlation is not causation. 

3. Only experimental design research (subjects randomly assigned to groups and strict control of variables other than those under investigation) and certain, carefully-controlled longitudinal studies are worthy of terms used by Rowan

4. Citing scary statistics that are completely unrelated to your argument is a bit of misdirection designed to evoke emotion, but does nothing to support a factual argument. 

5. False premises lead inevitably to false conclusions. 

6. Stick to the facts, ma’am. 

7. Complex phenomena have equally complex causes. 

8. Rowan races to the superficial while willfully ignoring the deeper implications. 

9. It’s not fair to just eat all the raisins in the raisin bran.

10. Marketing is not research.

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