This week on EducationOption

College students surveyed for the study spent an average of 106 minutes per day on Facebook.

On EducationOption right now…

– Updating your status, “liking” your friends’ photos and sharing videos don’t really seem like activities that are all that academic. Time spent social networking can certainly distract from studies. However, a new study shows that spending time on Facebook might not be the culprit for suffering G.P.A.’s — but that depends on what exactly you’re doing on Facebook. Find out more here.

– Today’s college students own an average of six digital devices and one of them is most likely a smartphone. According to a recent survey, smart phone ownership among the college crowd jumped to 42 percent, just in the last year. That makes campuses a hot bed of opportunity for hackers. A new study by researchers at the Georgia Tech Information Security Center reveals that smart phone users have an increased vulnerability to getting hacked. Read more about it here.

– The process of choosing the college where you will spend your next four years can be a very confusing time. You must navigate through a sea of decisions and options, sometimes only to be met with more uncertainty: the wait list. A recent study by the National Association for College Admission Counseling shows that more students are finding themselves on wait lists this year compared to last year. The reasons explained here.

– The Occupy Colleges movement continues to gain traction online and through social networking. Students are were called on to participate in a nationwide walkout and solidarity protest to show support for the Occupy Wall Street movement. Learn more about the Occupy Colleges movement here.

– Long live scientists and engineers! Down with anthropologists! That seems to be the message Florida Governor Rick Scott was getting at during an interview with the Herald-Tribune. Scott was discussing his agenda for higher education, including giving the boot to professors deemed “unproductive,” taking a closer look at faculty job security and sending more funding to STEM curriculum (science, technology, engineering and math). Do you agree? Read more of his comments here.


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Local

Video: Car crashes into Cambridge store, man arrested…

A Cambridge man was arrested on gun and drug charges after crashing his car into a Massachusetts Avenue storefront early Saturday morning.

Local

Body found believed to be missing Fitchburg boy…

The body of a child found off of a highway in Sterling last week is likely that of missing Fitchburg boy Jeremiah Oliver, authorities said.

Local

Memorial held for Sean Collier, MIT police officer…

More than 1,600 people gathered at MIT on Friday for a memorial service for Sean Collier, the police officer shot to death a year ago in the aftermath of the…

National

Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.

Television

'Orphan Black' recap: Episode 1, ‘Nature Under Constraint…

Welcome to your first Season 2 “Orphan Black” recap! Hopefully Tatiana Maslany can help Tatiana Maslany get through this, with the help of Tatiana Maslany,…

Entertainment

Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

NHL

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump…

NHL video highlights & analysis: Red Wings dump Bruins in Game 1

MLB

MLB video highlights: Orioles top Red Sox, 8-4…

John Lackey roughed up for second straight outing

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox score two in…

Lester shines in Red Sox win over White Sox

Parenting

Is camp right for introverts?

We ask an expert for tips on sending your introverted child to camp

Parenting

How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.

Tech

VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.

Tech

#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.