Study: Teens Using Facebook More

Posted in Uncategorized by bursto on June 25, 2014

It could be true but there are so many gaps in which this article doesn’t reveal whether a different survey groups were sampled in the study or if the margin of error is even big enough to say that this change in trend is statistically significant. This should be able to get answered through a t-test by stratifying the survey groups pre and post.

CBS Sacramento

SACRAMENTO (CBS Sacramento) – Teens are liking Facebook again.

Tech Crunch reports a new survey of 4,517 teens between 12 and 17 found that nearly half said they were using the social networking site more often than a year ago.

The survey contradicts other recent polls, like one from the Pew Research Internet Project, that suggested teens were turning away from Facebook.

But they are not suddenly thinking of Facebook as cool, it is still the most popular social network for young users.

The increasing use of smartphones by teens is a major factor for Facebook’s popularity rise.

And the seeming ubiquity of Facebook may pressure teens to sign up.

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Getting More Women Into Tech Is Going To Be Awkward

Posted in Uncategorized by bursto on June 25, 2014

I’ve been dabbling at start up community development in Detroit / Ann Arbor. The number looks even more bleak when it comes to some of these up-and-coming or comeback cities like Detroit. I am looking for any good programs that allow this bridge to happen to promote diversity.


Big tech companies are pushing hard to get the word out about their efforts to be more inclusive for women, people of color, and other minority groups.

We recently covered Google’s latest efforts to get women involved in tech, including sending “at least one person each” to upcoming tech conferences via a new scholarship program and committing $50 million over three years to a massive new initiative to get girls into coding.

These are only early efforts. The demographic imbalance in the tech industry is so embedded in its culture that it will likely take years for the initiatives to propagate into wider network effects. The actual interactions between people who’ve been affected by these initiatives is what will lead to more women earning technical degrees and a decline in the rampant “dude-bro” mentality at industry events.

Until that happens, things are going to be awkward. As Google CodeJam Project Manager Emily Miller…

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