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Correlation + fear of change

Posted on: July 13, 2019

This refrain might seem old, but it should be seen as timeless instead — correlation is not causation.

Case in point, the article embedded in the tweet highlighted how you can correlate almost anything with enough data and participants. Just because eating potatoes is correlated with “negative” technology use does not mean that one causes the other.

The use and integration of everyday and educational technologies are not monolithic. They are complex phenomena that cannot be reduced to soundbites or clickbait.

As the author pointed out in his article, if one is to explore the possibilities and problems in this wide field, one has to first be a student of cognitive development, epistemology, sociology, moral philosophy, etc. And yet these are so easily circumnavigated by a combination of misplaced correlation and fear of change.

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