Study: College students spend way too much time on Facebook
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
9/2/2011 (6 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A study at Ohio State University has found that college students who use
Facebook have lower grades and spend less time studying. According to
Aryn Karpinski, a co-author of the study, and doctoral student in
education at Ohio State University, says that "perhaps the lower GPAs
could actually be because students are spending too much time
A study at Ohio State University has found that college students who use Facebook have lower grades and spend less time studying.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "There may be other factors involved, such as personality traits, that link Facebook use and lower grades," Karpinski notes.
"It may be that if it wasn't for Facebook, some students would still find other ways to avoid studying, and would still get lower grades."
Facebook users in the study had GPAs between 3.0 and 3.5, while non-users had GPAs between 3.5 and 4.0. Facebook users said that they averaged one to five hours a week studying, while non-users studied 11 to 15 hours per week.
Karpinski said it was significant that the link between lower grades and Facebook use was found even in graduate students.
Graduate students generally have GPAs above 3.5, so the fact that even they had lower grades when they used Facebook and spent less time studying, was a highly intriguing finding.
"I confess that I'm a little wary of some of Karpinski's generalizations." Scott McLeod of the Dangerously Irrelevant Web site says.
"Although she noted that other factors may be involved besides Facebook use or non-use, the ones that she hypothesized have to do with personality traits and/or predilection for online socialization.
"Right now I'm not totally convinced that these findings don't just represent the fact that about 80 percent of her non-Facebook users were graduate students. I think it's safe to say that grad students generally spend more time studying than undergrads. Also, as she noted, grad students' GPAs typically are higher," McLeod writes.
"We all should look at - and think carefully about - any research findings that get reported out like this. We need to ask questions like Does this make gut-level sense? Are the generalizations limited to the data or overbroad? What more do I need to know to be confident in these findings?"
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
Finding the right College
There's no magic formula for choosing a college, but there are steps you can take to find a good fit. Use this tool to start your journey.
Latest College News
One hundred and seventy-nine years ago, two Jesuit priests sold 272 persons at a slave auction. Their families were torn apart: many of ... continue reading
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Friday visited one of Rome's major institutions of higher education today: the UniversitÃ degli ... continue reading
The UCLA campus has been put on lockdown after reports of a shooter in the university's Boelter Hall were released via social media. ... continue reading
In a move reminiscent of the early 1900s, North Carolina State University segregated a student Christian group from the rest of the student ... continue reading
St. Mary's University in Twickenham, London has been formally approved to name one of their buildings after Benedict XVI. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading