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Researcher pursues Ph.D. in Facebook
Stutzman's dissertation will include an overview of Facebook's networks, statistical analysis based on surveys and a series of interviews about user experiences. He is still crunching numbers, so figures are still to come on statistics such as Facebook's impact on grade-point average.

Stutzman is on track to graduate in December, and he's guessing his dissertation will come in at just under 350 pages. Perhaps it will attract as much attention as a couple of whimsical programs he put together. There's Anti-Social ( anti-social.cc), which blocks Facebook, Twitter and other social-networking sites from your computer; and Freedom ( macfreedom.com), which turns off your Internet connection altogether for up to eight hours.

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