Grades go down as time on Facebook goes up
Kids: Hit the school books, and get off Facebook.
Aryn Karpinski is a doctoral candidate at Ohio State University and her research on the relationship between academic achievement and social networking websites is garnering lots of headlines. TechNews World summarizes some of the main findings of Karpinski’s paper, “A Description of Facebook Use and Academic Performance Among Undergraduate and Graduate Students“:
- Facebook users in Karpinski’s study average grade point averages of 3.0-3.5. Non-Facebook users: 3.5.-4.0.
- Facebook users averaged 1-5 hours a week studying; non-users, 11-15 hours per week.
- Seventy-nine percent of those who said they used the social networking site said it did not impact their grades or study habits.
- Eighty-five percent of undergrads in the survey said they had a Facebook page; 52 percent of the graduate students had accounts.
- The group most likely to use Facebook: Those majoring in science, technology, math, engineering and business.
With any kind of statistical survey that finds its way in the popular press, it is important to remember that correlation does not imply causation.
Kudos to Aryn for her work! (I love seeing graduate students make a name for themselves with their research.)