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Surprise! Inspirational Text Messages Won’t Improve Teens’ Grades

Think twice before sexting, unfortunately. (Photo: Gregor Richardson, ODT)

All those “Good Luck!” texts you’ve been sending your teen on test day aren’t doing a damn thing, science says.

We could have told you that anyway, but Harvard University¬†economist Roland Fryer actually conducted an experiment to study the effects of inspirational texts on teens’ grades. Yes, this sounds like the most productive use of a Harvard economist’s time. Read More