Social site users do badly in exams
April 14, 2009 2:13am CST
Fresh research has confirmed what many parents and teachers already feared: social networking sites are damaging students’ academic performance. The researchers discovered that the majority of students who use Facebook every day are underachieving by as much as an entire grade compared with those who shun the site. In order to reach their conclusion, researchers discovered how students who spend their time accumulating friends, chatting and “poking” others on the site may devote as little as one hour a week to their academic work. “Our study shows people who spend more time on Facebook spend less time studying,” the Times quoted Aryn Karpinski, a researcher in the education department at Ohio State University, as saying. “Every generation has its distractions, but I think Facebook is a unique phenomenon,” she added. In the study, Karpinski and a colleague questioned 219 US undergraduates and graduates about their study practices and general internet use, as well as their specific use of Facebook. They found that 65% of Facebook users accessed their account daily, usually checking it several times to see if they had received new messages. The amount of time spent on Facebook at each log-in varied from just a few minutes to more than an hour. The Ohio report shows that 68% of students who used Facebook had a “significantly” lower grade point average than those who did not use the site. “It is the equivalent of the difference between getting an A and a B,” said Karpinski. Courtesy : The Times of India
14 Apr 09
I wasnt surprised at all when i read this, social networking sites are extremely addictive and people can waste countless hours on them instead of studying. Teenagers are going to see socialising with their friends as much more important then doing homework. This is just another issue the internet brings.