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Our own Gary Langer analyzes polls on recently departed conservative icon Jerry Falwell taken over his lifetime. The results can be summarized as follows: “Popularity with most Americans was not among the Rev. Jerry Falwell’s achievements.”

In a development on the link between motherhood and happiness, Science Daily profiles a study done by the U. Michigan Institute for Social Research finding that whether a woman has children or not isn’t likely to affect her psychological well-being later in life. More telling factors include the presence of a husband, significant other or other close social relationships.

More on the dangers of Second Life: An upcoming U.S. News & World Report piece examines the social implications of “parallel lives” and the potential threat of Internet Addiction Disorder (oh yes, it does exist).


Swamp Fox

“Popularity with most Americans" was clearly never an objective of Rev. Falwell. In fact becoming too popular with most Americans would have been a sure sign to him that he was on the wrong track.

Kent

The ultra-left agenda that was recently introduced to this blog continues with the gratuitous attack on Jerry Falwell in this post.

anon-academic-1

So Levitt and Dubner are popular and worth reading because they look at scientific issues in an interesting and critical way.

Internet Addiction Disorder does not exist- it is not a reliable and valid disorder. Some people are claiming it exists, but they claim all kinds of stuff that isn't scientifically viable.

hyrumberg

I have not heard a lot about Jerry Falwell so he must not be as hated as Hillary Clinton, or George W. Bush. But unlike Hillary and George I doubt Jerry Falwell ever tried to be popular to as many Americans as possible. So I don't think he would care about his resent popularity polls.

FanfromItaly

In addition to being gratuitous, your comment on Jerry Falwell just cheapens the blog. Boring! Please, no more political statements even if somehow justified by some "statistic"

frankenduf

Falwell was a significant power broker who galvanized the fundamentalist conservative bloc, which had considerable success in molding the republican agenda from 1980-present
as for IAD- anyone remember the dungeons and dragons scare? (that some nerds were addicted to their roles)

furiousball

Gratuitous attack? You mean like the ones he launched on nearly everyone that didn't march lockstep with his ...never mind, useless argument, you'll never get it.

Let me guess you have a bumper sticker with some phrase like "Get Right or Get Left Behind" right?

elle

How can consumers of research take a paper on internet addiction seriously, and the disorder itself seriously, when every other sentence has grammatical errors? Not only that, but the paper suffers from extreme lack of references. It would be nice to see more empirical evidence.

I love how the references that are used are all from internet sources. Classic.

ImFromGuam

Don't you miss the good ol'days when Internet Addiction Disorder was simply known as 'porn surfing'?

Val

The "finding that whether a woman has children or not isn't likely to affect her psychological well-being later in life." -

Not true!

I am glad that I chose not to be a breeder, not to squeeze out any little carbon footprints to feed.

I am always trying to make my life even fuller and more interesting. Even though I've been an electronics tech and aircraft mechanic, and got to Antarctica once, and tried flying and rock-climbing, learned a lot of skills and related to a lot of interesting people, there's so much more I haven't done that I want to.

This doesn't even touch all the work, learning, and experiences in learning to become fully human! (By this I mean true human potential, not just being a biological sample of your species.)

This instead of simply breeding more humans on top of the 6.7 billion we have, being a walking incubator, and living for your children so that they can grow up and live for *their* children, ad infini-nauseum! (Why live if only to breed? Viruses do that much!)

We have had birth control for several decades now!

I don't understand the current babymania and glorification of mommyhood.

Read more...

Swamp Fox

"Popularity with most Americans" was clearly never an objective of Rev. Falwell. In fact becoming too popular with most Americans would have been a sure sign to him that he was on the wrong track.

Kent

The ultra-left agenda that was recently introduced to this blog continues with the gratuitous attack on Jerry Falwell in this post.

anon-academic-1

So Levitt and Dubner are popular and worth reading because they look at scientific issues in an interesting and critical way.

Internet Addiction Disorder does not exist- it is not a reliable and valid disorder. Some people are claiming it exists, but they claim all kinds of stuff that isn't scientifically viable.

hyrumberg

I have not heard a lot about Jerry Falwell so he must not be as hated as Hillary Clinton, or George W. Bush. But unlike Hillary and George I doubt Jerry Falwell ever tried to be popular to as many Americans as possible. So I don't think he would care about his resent popularity polls.

FanfromItaly

In addition to being gratuitous, your comment on Jerry Falwell just cheapens the blog. Boring! Please, no more political statements even if somehow justified by some "statistic"

frankenduf

Falwell was a significant power broker who galvanized the fundamentalist conservative bloc, which had considerable success in molding the republican agenda from 1980-present
as for IAD- anyone remember the dungeons and dragons scare? (that some nerds were addicted to their roles)

furiousball

Gratuitous attack? You mean like the ones he launched on nearly everyone that didn't march lockstep with his ...never mind, useless argument, you'll never get it.

Let me guess you have a bumper sticker with some phrase like "Get Right or Get Left Behind" right?

elle

How can consumers of research take a paper on internet addiction seriously, and the disorder itself seriously, when every other sentence has grammatical errors? Not only that, but the paper suffers from extreme lack of references. It would be nice to see more empirical evidence.

I love how the references that are used are all from internet sources. Classic.

ImFromGuam

Don't you miss the good ol'days when Internet Addiction Disorder was simply known as 'porn surfing'?

Val

The "finding that whether a woman has children or not isn't likely to affect her psychological well-being later in life." -

Not true!

I am glad that I chose not to be a breeder, not to squeeze out any little carbon footprints to feed.

I am always trying to make my life even fuller and more interesting. Even though I've been an electronics tech and aircraft mechanic, and got to Antarctica once, and tried flying and rock-climbing, learned a lot of skills and related to a lot of interesting people, there's so much more I haven't done that I want to.

This doesn't even touch all the work, learning, and experiences in learning to become fully human! (By this I mean true human potential, not just being a biological sample of your species.)

This instead of simply breeding more humans on top of the 6.7 billion we have, being a walking incubator, and living for your children so that they can grow up and live for *their* children, ad infini-nauseum! (Why live if only to breed? Viruses do that much!)

We have had birth control for several decades now!

I don't understand the current babymania and glorification of mommyhood.

Read more...