Worse grades for students who use Facebook

Study shows spending time on the site causes students to do worse in exams

A new study has proven what many parents and teachers have long thought to be true. Students who use Facebook often under-perform in tests because they spend less time studying, and more time distracted by the site. Researchers at Ohio State University asked 219 undergraduates and postgraduates about their study and Facebook habits. They found that 65 per cent of Facebook users accessed their account daily (sometimes several times a day), with some students spending hours on the site daily. The results were that 68 per cent of students who used Facebook had a “significantly” lower grade point average than those who did not use the site, sometimes by as much as a grade. Although the study concentrated on Facebook, researchers think the same is true for other social networking sites as well such as MySpace, or Twitter.

Daily Mail

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