Larger Breasts = Lower Grades? Online Voters Say 'Yes'

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Visitors to have voted: Breast size inversely proportional to perceived Grade Point Average. Gender and Race also studied.

Since its launch in May 2005, has become a popular destination for web surfers across the globe. Members of the completely free website upload photos of themselves, from which complete strangers then make guesses about the details of their private lives. Question topics range from academic performance to physical attributes to sexual experience and beyond.

The founders of recently decided to analyze the hundreds of thousands of votes that had been accumulating on their web servers since May. They focused specifically on how self-reported properties such as race, gender, and physical appearance were correlated to perceived Grade Point Average (GPA).

The study yielded some interesting results. Although gender did not appear to be correlated to voters’ assumptions about a person’s GPA, a correlation to race did exist. Specifically, voters guessed that Asian students had higher GPAs than their Caucasian and African-American counterparts by an average of over 0.2 points (on a 4.0 scale).

Perhaps most interesting, however, was the staggering correlation between female bra size and GPA. On average, voters guessed that “A-cup” students had GPAs that were 0.3 points higher than those of “D-cup” students. “B-cup” and “C-cup” students were voted to have GPAs in the middle of that range, each averaging about 0.2 points higher than the “D-cup” group.

When discussing these results, the site’s founders are quick to point out that this is a study of public opinion, not fact. “We have no reason to believe that there is an actual link between any of these attributes and Grade Point Average,” commented co-founder Sameer Shariff. “This analysis simply suggests that our voters may subscribe to the stereotypes reflected in its results.”

Co-founder Robert J. Moore, an Operations Research and Financial Engineering major at Princeton University, also warned against interpreting these results as anything but entertainment: “This is certainly not a study of any academic caliber. These responses are vulnerable to selection bias and could also be influenced by any number of confounding variables.”

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